The Minnesota Pork Board selected Logan Tesch of Sibley County as the 2019-20 Minnesota Pork Ambassador. Kayla Vonk of Wantonwan County was named first runner-up and Levi Sorenson of Freeborn County was named second runner-up.
Tesch was named ambassador during an afternoon program on Aug. 7, at the Wick Buildings Farmfest forum stage. The program was emceed by Lynn Ketelsen of the Linder Farm Network.
Minnesota’s Pork Ambassadors serve as goodwill ambassadors for more than 3,000 family pig farmers while also gaining valuable professional and personal development opportunities.
“The ambassador program provides an opportunity for the upcoming leaders of the pork industry to expand their agricultural knowledge, leadership skills and community involvement,” says Jill Resler, chief operating officer for Minnesota Pork and ambassador program director. “The ambassador candidates’ passion and enthusiasm for the pork industry is contagious, and it is a privilege to work with them.”
During the program, Tesch was also recognized for writing the best essay and received a cash award. Sorenson was recognized as the Congeniality Award winner.
Eight young people representing seven counties competed for the title of Minnesota Pork Ambassador. Candidates are evaluated based on their written essay, personal interview, public presentation and mock media interview. The 2019-20 Ambassador judges were Ruth Vetter of PIC; Ashley Englin of Schwartz Farms Inc.; and Andrew Praus of K&K Farms Inc.