Ten $50 scholarships were presented to: Andrew Loehr, Mt. Calvary; Lofton Rehberg, Elkhorn; Natalie Roe, Monticello; Ana Rank, Brillion; Alyssa Wallace, Lyndon Station; Matt Bowman, Bryant; Olivia Vander Heiden, Kaukauna; Owen Engel, Eden; Alexa Strehlow, Waupun; and Josie Loomis, Ladysmith. The scholarships are awarded to youth in three age categories, and are to be used to offset the costs associated with their pig project for the upcoming show season.
In addition to receiving $50 scholarships, six youth were selected to receive a $75 buying credit from one of six show pig producers. Farms donating the buying credit were: Graff Show Pigs, Juneau; Krebs Farms, Rio; WinMor Farms, Janesville; Magolski Farms, New London; Hubly Farms, Loyal; and Cherney Farms, Wonewoc. The buying credit was added to the pig project program this year, and is an added benefit to the youth participating. WPA thanks the show pig producers who donated to the program this year!
The Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Committee created the program to assist youth in developing pork production projects for 4-H or FFA. The goal is to encourage youth to become involved in the Wisconsin pork industry, offering opportunities to develop life skills and showcase career opportunities available within the industry.
To apply, Wisconsin youth submitted a Pig Project Scholarship request to WPA which addressed the following areas: project goals, simple budget for the project, Meat Animal Quality Assurance certification date, future goals as they relate to the pork industry, and a paragraph stating why the Wisconsin Pork Association should select them for the Youth Pig Project.
For more information on the Youth Pig Project, contact the Wisconsin Pork Association at 1-800-822-7675, or go to our website at www.wppa.org.
The Wisconsin Pork Association's mission is to insure the future success of the Wisconsin pork industry. WPA represents the interests of the pork industry members with a strong emphasis on social issues, public and government policies, environment, animal welfare and safety.