Pork Checkoff Announces Scholarship Recipients

by 5m Editor
30 October 2008, at 7:54am

US - The Pork Checkoff, Pioneer Hi-Bred and PIC will award 19 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of their strategy to develop the pork industry's human capital for the future.

"The development of human capital is one of the issues the Pork Checkoff identified as critical for the industry to address," said Steve Weaver, president of the National Pork Board. "Our service to producers includes ensuring there is a sustainable source of capable people ready to take on the industry's charge of producing a safe, wholesome food product in a socially responsible way". Weaver is a pork producer from California.

The 19 recipients hail from 14 different colleges and seven different swine-related fields of study. The 2008 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:

Scholarship Recipient College or University Area of Study
Hyatt Frobose Kansas State University Nutrition /Behavior
Carrie Highfill Oklahoma State University Meat Science
Douglas Andrew Albright Kansas State University Nutrition
Emily Arkfeld University of Nebraska, Lincoln Meat Science
Kyle Baade South Dakota State University Veterinary Medicine
Scott Baker University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Nutrition
Angela Black The Ohio State University Ag Business/Economics
Jonathan Romuald Ertl University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Veterinary Medicine
Ashley Hop Redlands Community College Nutrition
Arthur Leal University of Arkansas Nutrition
Elizabeth M Legan Purdue University Ag Economics
Neal T. Martin University of Missouri, Columbia Veterinary Medicine
Jeremiah Nemechek North Carolina State University Nutrition
Stephanie Raney University of Missouri, Columbia Behavior
Kate Richter South Dakota State University Nutrition
Hannah M. Rothe University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Nutrition/Environment
Mitchell Schaefer University of Wisconsin, River Falls Nutrition
Trever Shipley Iowa State University Breeding/Genetics
Grant Tomsche University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Veterinary Medicine

"A skilled workforce is essential for the competitiveness of this industry," Weaver said. "We need young leaders to look at pork not just as a food choice, but as a career. This is a chance for the industry to court these young people into a workforce that can offer many diverse opportunities. We have needs in production management, veterinary medicine, environmental management, food safety, genetic improvement and much more.

"On behalf of the Pork Checkoff and its partners, the National Pork Board and the pork industry, congratulations to all of this year's Pork Industry Scholarship recipients. We look forward to welcoming them into our industry in the future," Weaver concluded.

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