Nebraska Pork to host Pork Ambassador Program

Students will job shadow pork industry professionals, promote agriculture and the pork industry, and improve communications skills.

November 1, 2023

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National Pork Board

Choosing a career path can be difficult and with unlimited occupational options, it is helpful to receive a little guidance along the way. With that premise in mind, the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, under the direction of Education Director Sophia Lentfer has announced a new Pork Ambassador Program. The Pork Ambassador Program is a career development program that will provide a variety of hands-on experiences to promote career development.

NPPA is seeking college-age students to be a part of the Pork Ambassador Program. If students are connected to agriculture and believe in the future of the pork industry, they are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants must be between 18-23 years of age and be enrolled full-time in a Nebraska post-secondary school.

The yearlong program will run from Jan. 1, 2024 to Jan. 1, 2025. During that time students will attend seminars where they will learn about the various and varied career opportunities of the pork and agriculture industries. Applicants do not have to be a pork producer to apply.

As a Pork Ambassador, students will job shadow pork industry professionals, promote agriculture, and the pork industry, improve leadership, team building and communications skills. They will travel to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, the Nebraska Pork Expo, and other industry tours, and group events. Upon successfully completing the program, students will receive a $750 scholarship toward their education expenses. Students will not be responsible for any expenses to participate in the program.

“The ambassador program has been such an incredible learning experience meeting with experts from all sides of the industry,” said Kristen Herrick, a junior at UNL from Franklin, Nebraska. “I can make connections, advocate, learn and share my passion all in one.” Interested students should complete the application on the website and submit an up-to-date resume by Nov. 10.

Applications will be reviewed, and selection notifications will be sent by Dec. 15. For more information, contact Sophia Lentfer via email or 531-500-3423. 

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