World Pork Expo to feature new contest for young pork enthusiasts

Young Pork Advocates Issues Meet competitors will dive into current pork industry issues, NPPC producer-led policy development process.

April 8, 2024

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The National Pork Producers Council is excited to launch a new opportunity for young pork enthusiasts at this year’s World Pork Expo.

The Young Pork Advocates Issues Meet is a competitive speaking event for young people aged 17-22. Through preparatory research, creative problem solving, collaborative discussion, and the drafting of mock motions, competitors will dive deep into current pork industry issues and gain an understanding of the NPPC producer-led policy development process.

Competitors will engage in open dialogue surrounding a prompted industry issue and bring forth logical and creative solutions. Ultimately, these solutions will be translated into mock motions, simulating the NPPC committee structure.

The contest will occur over both days of the World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Rounds 1 and 2 will take place on the morning of Wednesday, June 5, and the Final Four Round will take place on the Bill Riley Stage immediately before the concert on the evening of Thursday, June 6.

Wednesday, June 5

  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. Orientation

  • 10:00-10:45 a.m. Round 1

  • 11:15- 12 p.m. Round 2

Thursday, June 6

  • 4:00-4:45 p.m. Final Four

  • 5:15 p.m. Results


  • First Place: $2,500 Scholarship and an all expenses paid trip to NPPC's Fall Legislative Action Conference Sept. 11-12 in Washington, D.C.

  • Second Place: $2,000 Scholarship

  • Third Place: $1,500 Scholarship

  • Fourth Place: $1,000 Scholarship


Business casual attire. World Pork Expo is outdoors in June. Please dress appropriately.


NPPC invites any eligible young people and encourages them to register by May 10. If companies are bringing interns to World Pork Expo this summer, please consider this as a way for them to get involved.

Issues Meet Manual

The Young Pork Advocates Issues Meet Manual outlines more details about the competition format, rules, scoring, and expectations. Should you encounter any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via phone or email. View the Issues Meet Manual by clicking here.

NPPC thanks sponsors NOVUS and NutraBlend for their assistance with this effort, and look forward to engaging the next generation of pork industry leaders.

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