Pork Checkoff announces #RealPigFarming student social forces team

The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to be a part of the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Participants were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team will be active through the end of the year.
  
"Social media is ingrained in young people’s daily lives," said Claire Masker, public relations manager for the Pork Checkoff. "It’s easy for them to share their thoughts about an industry that they are proud to be a part of."

Consumers continue to have questions about how pigs are raised, and no one knows the answers better than pork producers. The Pork Checkoff’s social media outreach program is helping real farmers share real stories with consumers through #RealPigFarming. The hashtag (#) before Real Pig Farming helps people search social media posts with the same phrase, making it easier for them to follow conversations.

Name

Institution

City, State

Major

Alex
Conover

Iowa State University

Holstein,
Iowa

Animal Science and Society in Agriculture

Allison
Luety

Iowa State university

Clinton,
Wis.

Public Relations, Agriculture, and Society

Allison
Bastian

Iowa State University

New Ulm,
Minn.

Agriculture Business

Angie
Ruffoni

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa,
Calif.

Agriculture Communications and Animal Science

Ashley
Smeby

Iowa State University

Klemme,
Iowa

Agronomy

Brenna
Branderhorst

Iowa State University

Ames,
Iowa

Agriculture and Life Sciences Education

Karli
Lane

The Ohio State University

Castalia,
Ohio

Animal Sciences with Biosciences Specialization

Lexi
Delaney

Iowa State University

DeWitt,
Iowa

Animal Science

Megan
McNamee

Illinois State University

Normal,
Ill.

Agriculture Communications and Leadership

Melanie
Jackson

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater,
Okla.

Agriculture Communications

Mitchell
Setterman

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Gaylord,
Minn.

Business Management

Sarah
Marketon

University of Minnesota

St. Paul,
Minn.

Agriculture Education

"I am excited about the #RealPigFarming campaign," said Angie Ruffoni, a member of the team. "Leaders and team members can use #RealPigFarming as a platform to reach out and share about modern day pork production, helping to bridge the gap between producers and consumers. I look forward to having meaningful conversations and sharing my story alongside other team members."

"The social forces team will be encouraged to use #RealPigFarming as advocates for the pork industry," Masker said. "Through social forces, the students will ibe able to improve their communications skills and expand their professional network." 

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