The Illinois Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Illinois Beef Association to cultivate youth who may be interested in the respective industries.
Formerly known as the Illinois Pork Leadership Institute, the Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute is open to students ages 16-22, who are interested in agriculture. Twenty-five applicants will be accepted for the upcoming trip. This four-day trip will take place June 19-22 to Milwaukee, Wis. Each year the location changes to allow new scenery and tours.
Tours for this year’s trip include, but are not limited to: Larson Farms feedlot, a swine vet lab, ABS Global, Statz Brothers Inc. Dairy Farm, MorganMyers, Johnsonville Smoked Sausage Plant, Kelley Country Creamery, Perks Ranch and Hueber Feed Mill.
“This is a great educational, social and cultural trip. We got to see and experience so much in a short time,” says Meg Meeker, a 2018 IPLI attendee. “I highly encourage anyone with even a small interest in livestock to take time and attend this trip.”
Any students who have a passion for agriculture and interest in the livestock industry are invited to apply. The application is a short form and essay prompt. The application is due to the IPPA office by May 15. Accepted students will be notified within a week of the deadline.