Columbia, Mo.,—The 2007 University of Missouri Pork Institute, sponsored by the University of Missouri – Columbia and the Missouri Pork Association, 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 tours of various agribusinesses directly related to the pork industry and pork educational sessions. On the last day, students took a written exam over all of the information they learned. The students with the top two scores were awarded with a scholarship.
On June 13, Cecilia Leslie, recruiter for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, awarded Abby Maher and Dennis Ogle, II each a $500 scholarship to attend the University of Missouri – Columbia in the future. Abby will be a senior in high school this fall and is from Monroe City, Missouri. Dennis will be a junior at Camdenton High School and is from Montreal, Missouri.
Other students attending the event include Jesse Birkenholz of Hopkins, Tyler Dietzschold of Chillicothe, Kaitlin Frank of Holts Summit, Acacia Hays of Monroe City, Evan Hoeppner of Higginsville, Stephanie Morgan of Lamar, Jessica Potts of Lohman and Jacob Walton of Middletown.
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.