Young Swine Enthusiasts Headed to Raleigh for Leadership Development

04:44PM Feb 13, 2020
NJSA Leadership Conference
( National Swine Registry )

If you love pigs and are ages 14-21, then Raleigh, N.C., is calling your name on March 26-28. The National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) is hosting the 2020 National Youth Leadership Conference (NYLC) in the country's second-largest pork-producing state.

“The reason I decided to come to NYLC was because some people told me it was a really great experience and that I would meet a lot of new people and I thought it would be a great thing for me to do,” said 2019 NYLC attendee Mason Forkner of Missouri. “Whenever I got there, I was so surprised. It was so much more than what I had imagined. I learned so much useful information.” 

This conference is open to NJSA members at a cost of $200 per person, NJSA said in a release. This registration fee covers conference lodging, meals and transportation. Attendees are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from Raleigh.

During NYLC, attendees will interact with peers who are interested in the swine industry, work one-on-one with agricultural experts, tour agricultural business and hear from recognized industry leaders. 

In conjunction with NYLC, the National Pork Board will be awarding 10 $200 scholarships to first-time NYLC attendees. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist new participants with travel expenses. The application deadline for the NYLC New Attendee Travel Scholarship is Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The NYLC scholarship application, registration information and more can be found at

Don't wait! The conference registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 19. 

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