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Pork checkoff announces recipients of the 2015 pork industry scholarships


Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

The Pork Checkoff has awarded 21 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s human capital for the future. Recipients were selected based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and future plans for a career in pork production.

“Developing the next generation of leaders in the pork industry is one of the top issues that the Pork Checkoff has identified as being critical for the industry’s future. Finding new leaders also is part of our strategic plan,” said Dale Norton, president of the National Pork Board and a pork producer from Bronson, Mich. “Our ongoing goal is to help ensure that there is a sustainable source of new leaders ready to take on the industry’s charge of producing a safe, wholesome food product in a socially responsible way.”

The 21 student recipients, who hail from 15 states and 15 universities, are majoring in nine different swine-related fields. The 2015 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:

Kaylen Baker; Yukon, Okla.; Oklahoma State; Animal Science and Ag Communications

Matthew Romoser; Keota, Iowa; Iowa State University; Animal Science

Morgan Cox; Hope, Ind.; Purdue University; Animal Science

Hayden Williams; Iowa Falls, Iowa; Wabash College; Biology

Annie Clark; Overland Park, Kans.; Kansas State University; Animal Science

Danika Miller; Terre Haute, Ind.; Purdue University; Food Science

Taylor Owens; Boerne, Tex.; Texas A&M University; Animal Science

KaLynn Harlow; Rocky Mount, Va.; Virginia Tech; Animal Science

Darby Dillard; Starkville, Miss.; Mississippi State University; Animal Science

Allison Knox; Savoy, Ill.; University of Illinois; Animal Science/Pre-Vet

Nicole Gross; Johnson Creek, Wis.; University of Wisconsin; Animal Science

Grant Price; Tiffin, Ohio; The Ohio State University; Animal Science

Benjamin Smith; Aurora, Mo.; Iowa State University; Animal Science/Ag Systems Tech

Abigail Wehrbein; Plattsmouth, Neb.; University of Nebraska Lincoln; Animal Science/Meat Science

Morgan Pittz; Mineral Point, Wis.; Iowa State University; Animal Science

Garrit Sproull; Uhrichsville, Ohio; The Ohio State University; Animal Science Production

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Pork producers serve military families through Snowball Express

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

A pork dinner with all the trimmings isn’t just a meal when pork producers volunteer with the Snowball Express, a charity that serves the children of America’s fallen military heroes. These dinners become food for the soul, providing hope and ha ..... 
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Minnesota myth buster

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Whether visiting with consumers at the Minn. state fair’s “Oink” booth or meeting with celebrity chefs and bloggers in Japan, National Pork Board President Karen Richter is passionate about dispelling myths and misconceptions about how today ..... 
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Pork producers help Iowans recover from tornado

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Crisis reveals character. When an EF-1 tornado hit the small town of Lake City, Iowa, on May 10, pork producers from Calhoun County and Webster County were among the first to volunteer to help those in need. “We wanted to do whatever we could to ..... 
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“Farmland” film features Minnesota pork producer

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Hollywood has come to the Heartland, and Ryan Veldhuizen is welcoming the opportunity to shine the spotlight on modern livestock production through Farmland, a new feature-length documentary film. “Farming has always been in my blood, and it’s ..... 
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Agstar fund awards rural emergency response grants $151,820 awarded for rural departments in AgStar’s local service area

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce they awarded 54 departments for this year’s grant program. The mission of this program is to support rural communities in AgStar’s ..... 
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Timetable for Fillmore and Houston County land rent surveys

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Annual land rent surveys have been a staple in Fillmore and Houston Counties, a tradition that I intend to continue during my tenure. I have received multiple phone calls in my short time here as ..... 
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Stalk rot could hinder corn harvest

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties While the latest crop reports point to the potential for an excellent corn harvest, stalk rot is becoming an ever increasing concern. When stalk rot occurs, the internal materia ..... 
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USDA enrollment period for agriculture risk coverage and price loss coverage safety-net programs closes Sept. 30

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Tammy Martin Eligible producers are reminded that enrollment in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015 ends Sept. 30, 2015. Most producers believe they have completed the entire signup proce ..... 
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