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Illinois Pork Producers Association Seeks Next State Ambassador

The Illinois Pork Producers Association State Ambassador Intern serves as a representative of the association and the pork industry. The chosen individual will hold the title of State Ambassador for a full year and will work in the Springfield office during the summer of their term (May – August).

The intern’s main duties include managing the birthing center during the 2023 Illinois State Fair (August 10-20), attending summer institutes for teachers to introduce pig, participation in the annual Young Leaders Summer Trip and various other events throughout the summer. The internship focuses on education and communication.

The 2023 intern will receive a three-month stipend, totaling $5,500, plus all travel expenses. At the end of the internship, they will also win a $2,500 scholarship paid directly to the school. The start date will depend on the student’s school schedule and the end date will be after the end of the IL State Fair 2023.

• Must be an Illinois resident between the ages of 18 and 23 (must be 18 by January 1, 2022. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Note that payment is only provided by scholarship, directly at the establishment).
• Must have solid breeding experience.
• Must demonstrate strong communication, organizational and leadership skills.
• Must demonstrate a genuine interest in the Illinois pork industry and be able to speak on its behalf.
• Recommended that he/she has attended the Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute (formerly IPLI. Will attend on behalf of their internship).
• Must be a member (or become a member) of the Illinois Pork Producers Association.
• Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel to out-of-state training and functions.
• Can only be used for one year.

Any questions can be directed to Lana Shovlin via email or 217-529-3100.

The deadline to apply is October 28.

Meet the 2022 IL Pork Ambassador: Annie Johnson
Annie Johnson is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where she is studying agricultural education with a focus on technology. Johnson had a small herd of purebred Duroc pigs that she bred, bred and shown with 4H and FFA.

She has been involved with the Henry County Pork Farmers as a Youth Ambassador. She was dedicated to the national FFA organization and held several leadership positions at different levels. These engagements have helped her broaden her view of what a leader is and improve her communication skills.

While on campus, Johnson is involved with the CERES women’s agricultural fraternity, the agricultural education society, and plans to join the Collegiate Farm Bureau. Being active in these organizations allows Johnson to build new relationships and deepen her passions with like-minded people.

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