Columbia, Mo.,—Anna Kate Link, a freshman at the University of Missouri in Columbia, has been selected as one of the 2020 Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. Her selection was announced during the 2020 Missouri Pork Expo on February 11th in Columbia.
Anna Kate is the daughter of Troy and Tara Link from Moberly. She has worked at PEPCO Manufacturing and the Country Meat Shop, both in Moberly. She has also worked with White House Genetics out of Warrensburg on marketing for their annual Youth Pig Camp. She was also on the ShowPig.com All Star Team and enjoys showing Hereford hogs.
Anna Kate is actively involved in the Mizzou Swine Club, Mizzou Block & Bridle, Sigma Alpha Alpha – Chi and Mizzou Ag Communicators of Tomorrow. During high school, she was president of Moberly FFA and the Randolph County Challengers 4-H Club, MATC FBLA treasurer, Missouri FFA Area IV reporter and Missouri State 4-H Council Northeast Region Representative. She has received the MATC Career & Tech Outstanding Member Achievement Award, MATC Student of the Month, and National Junior Swine Association NYLC Scholarship.
Anna Kate is majoring in general agriculture, with an emphasis in plant and animal science and ag communications. With this education plan, she hopes to pursue a career in leadership, education and engagement to support agricultural partnerships.
Throughout the next year, Anna Kate will participate in various events in the pork industry. At the end of the program, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to a technical school, community college or four-year university.
Qualified applicants must be involved in the pork industry or the son/daughter of a parent or guardian involved in the pork industry, and between their senior year of high school and sophomore year of college as of January 1, 2020.
The Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador program combines a scholarship opportunity with the chance to actively participate in Missouri’s pork industry. It provides an opportunity for youth to develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members, while improving communication and leadership skills.
The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.
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