April 17, 2012
Contact:  Cindy Cunningham
National Pork Board
[email protected]

Pork Checkoff and PIC Announce Recipients of the 2012 Pork Industry Scholarships

The Pork Checkoff and PIC have awarded 15 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of their strategy to develop the pork industry’s human capital for the future.

“Helping to develop the next generation of pork professionals is one of the top issues the Pork Checkoff has identified as critical for the industry’s future,” said Everett Forkner, president of the National Pork Board and a pork producer from Richards, Mo. “Our ongoing service and obligation to producers includes ensuring that there is a sustainable source of young people ready to take on the industry’s charge of producing a safe, wholesome food product in a socially responsible way.”

The 15 student recipients hail from 11 universities and seven swine-related fields of study. The 2012 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:

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Samson, Anna Marie Three Forks, MT Montana State University Animal Science
Kerns, Karl Clearfield, IA Iowa State University

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Kryzer, Andrew Lewiston, MN University of Minnesota Animal Science Pre-Vet
Fahn, Ryan Portsmouth, IA Iowa State University Agriculture Engineering
Bookbinder, Steven Weston, FL Pennsylvania State University Food Science
Feldpausch, Julie Hastings, MI Michigan State University Animal Science
Jordan, Kyle Gloster, LA Louisiana Tech University Animal Science Pre-Vet
Little, Kelsey Winchester, IL University of Illinois Animal Science
Loppnow, Zachariah Lake City, MN University of Minnesota Animal Science
Newman, Monica Menasha, WI Iowa State University Animal Science
Park, Jessica Reynoldsburg, OH Ohio State University Animal Science
Peterson, Mathias Willmar, MN University of Minnesota Animal Science Pre-Vet
Morris, MN North Dakota State University Agriculture Economics
Smith, Courtney Michigantown, IN Purdue University Agriculture Economics
Jordon, Craig Cypress, TN Mississippi State University Animal & Dairy Science

The top candidate, Anna Samson, will receive a $5,000 scholarship, and the runners-up, Karl Kerns and Andrew Kryzer, will receive $3,500 scholarships. The other 12 students selected will receive $2,000 each.

“A skilled workforce is essential for the competitiveness of this industry,” Forkner said. “We need young leaders to look at pork not just as a food choice, but as a career. This is a chance for the industry to encourage these young people to join a workforce that offers many diverse opportunities.

“On behalf of the Pork Checkoff and its partners, the National Pork Board and the pork industry, we congratulate this year’s Pork Industry Scholarship recipients,” Forkner said. “We look forward to welcoming them into our industry in the future.”

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, technology, swine health, pork safety 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 www.pork.org.

PIC is the international leader in providing genetically superior pig breeding stock. The company combines quantitative sciences with leading edge biotechnology to develop non-GMO breeding stock that is focused on meeting the needs of its customers.  Operating for over 45 years, PIC’s success is attributed to its significant investment in people, genetics, technology and health.