Contact: Cindy Cunningham
National Pork Board
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Pork Checkoff Announces #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces

DES MOINES, IOWA – July 19, 2017 –The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to represent the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Candidates were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team will be active from July until December.

“Social media is ingrained in young people’s lives,” said Claire Masker, public relations director for the Pork Checkoff. “It’s easy for them to share their thoughts about an industry that they are proud to be a part of through the various social media channels available to them.”

Name Institution City, State
Tori Abner Texas A&M University Howe, Texas
Hannah Rehder North Dakota State University


Moorhead, Minnesota


Brooke Sieren


Iowa State University


Keota, Iowa


Edan Lambert


Iowa State University


Orange City, Iowa


Katelyn Lowery


North Carolina State University


Clayton, North Carolina


Taylor Homann


University of Minnesota


Pipestone, Minnesota


Amy Lund


Iowa State University


Polk City, Iowa


Kristin Liepold


University of Minnesota


Okabena, Minnesota


Hunter Everett


North Carolina State University


Mebane, North Carolina


Jenna Chance


Kansas State University


Lebanon, Indiana


Megan Anderson The Pennsylvania State University


Schellsburg, Pennsylvania


Julia Hay



Texas A&M University



Somerset, Pennsylvania


Consumers continue to have questions about how pigs are raised, and no one knows the answers better than pork producers. The Pork Checkoff’s social media outreach program is helping real farmers share real stories with consumers through #RealPigFarming. The hashtag (#) before Real Pig Farming helps people search social media posts with the same phrase, making it easier for them to follow conversations.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to share my Real Pig Farming story with consumers searching for answers about where their pork comes from,” said Edan Lambert, one of the newly selected members of the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces and a student at Iowa State University.

“The social forces team will be encouraged to use #RealPigFarming as advocates for the pork industry,” Masker said. “Through social forces, the students will be able to improve their communications skills and expand their professional network within the industry.”

The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management.

For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at