Young Pork Leaders Needed in Iowa and Illinois

08:11AM Nov 04, 2019
Ben Wikner Pig Farmer of Tomorrow
Interested in expanding your knowledge of the swine industry? Iowa and Illinois pork producer associations offer opportunities for young leaders.
( National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff )

Sources: Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Illinois Pork Producers Association

Travel the country. Meet farmers from other states. Develop your leadership skills. Sound interesting? Consider applying for the Iowa Pork Leadership Academy (IPLA) or the Illinois Future Leaders Class of 2020-2021. 

Iowa Pork Leadership Academy
The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is accepting applications for its 2020 IPLA class. Applications are due Nov. 30.  
IPLA supports Iowa's pork producers who are committed to the pork industry by providing them with the tools they need to succeed as leaders, an association release said. 

These tools include a working knowledge of the IPPA and other key organizations that work with IPPA to broaden perspectives and build coalitions; the opportunity to define leadership styles and how they impact people working together in a group; knowledge of the pork industry and its economic contributions to Iowa and how that impacts Iowa's place in the world; and a sharpening of written and verbal communications and messaging about pig farming and pork.

The academy meets four times in 2020, starting with an introductory session in February 2020, which culminates with the group's graduation at the January 2021 Iowa Pork Congress.
IPLA is for men and women who want to contribute to a better future for Iowa's pig farmers by connecting with their communities and supporting the long-term profitability of the pork industry in Iowa.
For more information, visit

Illinois Future Leaders Class of 2020-2021

The Illinois Pork Producers Association recognizes the need to focus on the future by finding and educating young talent that will take the helm as tomorrow's leaders on committees, boards and other leadership positions, an association release said. 

The organization is focused on keeping the pork industry relevant and educating our consumers. Developing future leaders is a critical next step to keep the industry moving forward while providing the next generation of pig farmers with the skills and expertise needed to advocate for this ever-changing industry. 

The Illinois Pork Producers Association is recruiting for the second class of "Future Leaders." Candidates must be between the ages of 25-40 with an interest in the pork industry.  

The program includes four meetings spanning from May 2020 to spring/fall 2021. A wide range of topics from production and regulations to processing, retail marketing and farmer interaction will be covered.

For more information, visit Future Leaders Illinois Pork.

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