10th annual youth pork leadership institute announced

Pork enthusiasts from around Ohio will have a chance to learn about all aspects of the pork industry at the 2012 Youth Pork Leadership Institute, a three-day seminar to be held in Columbus in June.

Young men and women will be selected to participate in the event, which is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Producers Council, the Pork Check-off, and the Ohio Soybean Council. Last year, six individuals participated in the event. As an alumnus of the institute, participants will have the opportunity to be youth ambassadors for Ohio’s pork industry.

One goal of the institute is to introduce young people to the many facets of the pork industry; including packing, retail, food service, research and communications. In addition, the institute will teach leadership and communication skills that will assist participants in their future careers.

At last year’s event, the participants benefited from such unique experiences as touring a packing plant, learning about commercial hog farms, taste testing in Bob Evans test kitchen, and meeting with a legislative aide. The goal of the program is to offer a well-rounded curriculum that will allow young people to appreciate the broad scope of the pork industry.

The Youth Pork Leadership Institute is open to any Ohio youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who has an interest in the pork industry. It will be held June 17-19 in Columbus and all expenses will be covered by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Pork Schop, Ohio Pork Producers Council and the pork check-off. Applications will be accepted until April 23, 2012. To apply, an application must be completed along with a resume. Applications can be retrieved by visiting www.OhioPork.org. For additional information or applications contact the Ohio Pork Producers Council at 5930 Sharon Woods Blvd., Suite 101, Columbus, OH 43229 or call 800-320-7991.

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