Columbia, Mo.,—Lauren Robinson, a senior at the University of Missouri High School, 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.
Lauren is the daughter of Eddie and Tammy Robinson of Wellsville. She is currently employed part time at her church as secretary and is an assistant teacher for the Preschool Sunday School class. She also works on the family farm where she is responsible for breeding and assists with farrowing and farm management.
She has held many offices with the Coon Creek Cronies 4-H Club, including president. She has been involved in the MPA Youth Show Pig Circuit and National Junior Swine Association. Lauren traveled to Washington D.C. as a representative of the Consolidated Electric Cooperative.
After graduation, Lauren plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she will double major in ag systems management and computer science. She hopes this will give her an in-depth knowledge of technology to drive progress on her family farm and in agriculture.
Throughout the next year, Lauren 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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