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Pork Checkoff's Future Leaders Receive Sponsorship

by 5m Editor
18 July 2008, at 12:34pm

US - The Pork Checkoff and industry partners have joined to address one of the industry's critical issues, the development of human capital.

The partners will offer scholarships to sophomore, junior and senior level college students considering a graduate degree program in a swine science discipline or planning a career in the pork industry. The Pork Checkoff Pork Industry Scholarships program will offer a $10,000 scholarship to the top applicant, $5,000 award to the runner-up and $2,500 awards to a minimum of 14 more students, for the 2008-2009 school year.

College students starting their sophomore, junior or senior year and considering careers in agricultural business, agriculture engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, environmental sciences, nutrition, reproduction, veterinary medicine and other related fields are encouraged to apply for the scholarships.

"The competitiveness of our industry depends on a sustainable source of human capital," said Steve Weaver, vice president of the National Pork Board and producer from California. "It is critical that we recruit talented young people into our industry at all levels. These scholarships will be granted to youth interested in production, management, research and veterinary medicine.

"These young students have taken the first step by choosing to enter agriculture, animal science or veterinary medicine for their studies," Weaver said. "We hope to interest them in narrowing their field to the pork industry. This industry offers many great career opportunities.

"In 2006 the industry sponsored a similar scholarship program. The program was very successful and over 100 deserving young people applied. This year, PIC has joined us to offer an even greater program. We truly appreciate their support."

5m Editor