The South Dakota Pork Producers Council is proud to award Daniel Fuoss, Armour; Trevor Johnson, Centerville; and Shelbi Lindner, Gayville; with a $1,000 scholarship for representing South Dakota Pork as their Pork Ambassadors for 2020.
Fuoss is the son of Mark and Jennifer Fuoss. He is currently a sophomore at SDSU and is majoring in agricultural science. Fuoss has been involved in his family's farm since he was a child, working in their two feeder-to-finish hog barns, their 150-head cow/calf operation and also on their grain production side which includes corn, soybeans, winter wheat and grain sorghum. He also helped setup the family's roller mill which is used for producing the feed for their hog operation.
In school, Fuoss is involved in the FarmHouse fraternity, and has started working at the university's swine unit. He is looking forward to learning more about the farrowing side of the industry as he continues to work there.
Johnson is the son of Mark and Jeanne Johnson, from Centerville. He is currently a senior at Beresford High School and will graduate in May 2020. From there he plans to attend Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. to pursue livestock judging at the junior college level. After attaining an associate degree, Johnson plans to get his bachelor's degree in agricultural business and economics and hopes to focus on a career in meat science or production agriculture.
In high school, Johnson has been very involved in FFA, the National Honor Society, as well as in Turner Co 4-H. Through these youth activities, he has taken part in swine and beef projects as well as livestock judging where he judged in the national contest in Louisville, Ky. in 2018. He has also been involved with the Nation Junior Swine Association and National Junior Hereford Association.
Lindner is the daughter of Michele and Brian Hewitt. She is currently a first-year student at Southeast Technical Institute majoring in surgical technology. Serving as her 4-H club's treasurer, Lindner is enjoying her last year of 4-H.
The South Dakota Youth Pork Ambassador Program is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to become actively involved in the pork industry. The program helps youth develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members. It is an opportunity to learn about pork production and the industry and to improve communication and leadership skills. The main goal of the Youth Pork Ambassador program is to promote the South Dakota Pork Producers Council and the swine industry at various events. The successful candidate will gain valuable experience and develop relationships that will last a lifetime.
The South Dakota Pork Producers Council will recognize these three during the Master Pork Producers Banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 15.