Illinois Pork and Illinois Beef partner to cultivate youth interest

This group photo is from the 2018 Illinois Pork Leadership Institute’s trip to Nashville.This year’s destination is Milwaukee.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Two livestock associations in Illinois are partnering to cultivate youth who may be interested in the respective industries.

Together, the Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Beef Association are planning an educational event in June.

Formerly know as the Illinois Pork Leadership Institute, the Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute is open to students ages 16 to 22 who are interested in agriculture. A total of 25 applicants will be accepted for the trip.

This year’s four-day trip will be June 19-22 in Milwaukee.

Topics covered during ILLI include livestock production, promotion, retail, communications and leadership. Tours will include ABS Global, Morgan Myers, Johnsonville Sausage Plant, Larson Farms cattle feedlot and a swine vet lab with Dr. Wesley Lyons.

“This is a great educational, social, and cultural trip. We got to see and experience so much in a short time,” said Meg Meeker, a 2018 IPLI attendee. “I highly encourage anyone with even a small interest in livestock to take time and attend this trip.”

Students who have a passion for agriculture and interest in the livestock industry are invited to apply. The application can be found at www.ilpork.com.

Applications are due May 15. Accepted students will be notified within a week of the deadline.

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