Columbia, Mo.—Baileigh Horstmeier, a senior at Fulton High School, has been selected as one of the 2016 Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. Her selection was announced during the 2016 Missouri Pork Expo on February 9 in Columbia.
Baileigh is the daughter of Darren and Stephanie Horstmeier of Fulton. She currently works on the family farm helping with the crops and assisting hog operations manager. She previously worked at Sault’s Drug Store in Fulton.
At school, Baileigh is an active member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and HI-Step. She is currently president of the Fulton FFA and Missouri FFA Area IV 2nd Vice President. In 2015, Baileigh received a scholarship through the Missouri Youth Pork Institute. She is also a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After graduation, Baileigh plans to attend Missouri State University and double major in agriculture business and either animal sciences or plant sciences.
Throughout the next year, Baileigh 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, 2016.
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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