US – The Pork Checkoff is launching a new national awards programme to recognise, inspire and connect the next generation of American pig farmers.
The new award will recognise future farm leaders, aged 18-29, who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and are committed to the US pork industry and to raising pigs using ethical principles.
“One of the National Pork Board’s primary responsibilities is to train and motivate future pork industry leaders,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “The award is designed to recognise and inspire youth who are investing their time and energy into responsible pig farming.”
Up to three award recipients will be selected in the programme’s inaugural year. Winners will be invited to speak at National Pork Board events, including the March 2017 National Pork Industry Forum in Atlanta.
“It is important for youth in our industry to make the right connections at the right time as they build a career in agriculture,” Mr Archer said. “As the winners share their personal stories, the programme will not only recognise these future leaders, but will introduce them to experienced producers and networking opportunities.”
The National Pork Board is seeking applications from young producers to become one of the 2017 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow until 22 November, at www.pigfarmersoftomorrow.com.
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