The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is looking for Illinois youth ages 16-22 with an interest in the pork industry to attend the 2015 Illinois Pork Leadership Institute (IPLI) June 28-July 1 in the Chicago area.
IPLI participants will tour various segments of the agriculture industry and learn about pork promotion, research, consumer information and issues that affect the pork industry. The goal is to build leadership, citizenship and communication skills through hands-on experiences.
"IPPA supports IPLI as a way to develop future pork industry leaders. The 2015 IPLI trip promises to be packed with action, learning and fun. Students interested in attending should register right away to assure they have a spot," says Mike Borgic, IPPA director of membership and outreach. "IPLI is an exceptional opportunity to explore the industry."
Borgic says participants will visit Fair Oaks Farms, a Commodity and Ingredient Hedging marketing seminar, the Chicago Board of Trade, as well as visit with farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson, attend a cooking class at Kendall College and volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The cost is $100 per person, and applications are due June 1.
"IPLI is a great experience if you want to learn more about the pork industry and interact with people who share your interests," says Brook Haag, from Emington, IL, who has participated in the event for the last four years. "You get to visit places you might not think of as associated with pork."