Columbia, Mo.,—The 2018 University of Missouri Pork Institute, sponsored by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri Pork Association (MPA), was held June 11 through June 13 in Columbia. The Institute was a three day educational event for high school students interested in the pork industry.
Students enjoyed a tour of Central Missouri Meat & Sausage, a processing plant in Fulton, Missouri and attended many educational sessions. They were also introduced to a variety of opportunities within the pork industry. At the end of their trip, students took a written exam covering all of the information learned. The students with the top two scores were each awarded a scholarship.
On June 13, Kasey Waterman and Zachary Sankey were each awarded a $500 scholarship to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia upon completion of high school. Waterman resides in Wheeling, MO and will graduate from Meadville R IV High School in 2020. Sankey resides in Freeburg, MO, and will graduate from Fatima High School in 2020.
Other students attending the event include Nicole Goellner of Monroe City, Belle Hoffman of Mexico, Sadie Kumm of Higginsville, Seth Laut of Fredericktown, Micah O’Malley of Springfield, Anderson Rogers of Bethany, Bailey Schroeder of Grandin, Blake Belshe of Henley, Raif Fullerton of Bolivar, Emily Hauck of Fulton, Anthony Hawkins of Windsor, Charlotte Lloyd of Windsor, Lauren Robinson of Wellsville, Evan Tolle of Adrian and Jocelyn Reynolds of Adrian.
Also attending were 2018 Missouri Youth Pork Ambassadors Ryan Siegel of Otterville, Tayler Cope of Martinsburg and Katelyn Robinson of Wellsville. MPA’s Summer 2018 Intern Will Robinson, Wellsville, managed and attended the event.
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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