The National Pork Producers Council at its annual business meeting in San Antonio, Texas, last week awarded scholarships to five college students who intend to pursue careers in the pork industry.
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NPPC administers the scholarship selection process; the CME Group sponsors the scholarships, which first were awarded in 1990 to celebrate 25 years of CME hog futures markets.
The 2015 winners of the $2,500 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarships – named after the late NPPC vice president from Mt. Olive, N.C. – are:
• Breanna Branderhorst, Prairie City, Iowa, junior at Iowa State University.
• Caleb Grohmann, Red Bud, Ill., freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
• Taylor Homann, Pipestone, Minn., freshman at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
• Adam Krause, Clear Lake, S.D., junior at South Dakota State University.
• Logan Peters, Pender, Neb., junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
This is the 25th year of the CME Group scholarship program, which recognizes outstanding youth in the pork community.
To be eligible, students must be undergraduates in a two-year swine program or a four-year college of agriculture, provide a brief letter describing their expected role in the pork industry, write an essay on an issue affecting the pork industry and submit two letters of reference from professors or industry professionals.
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"These outstanding young people represent the future of the U.S. pork industry," said NPPC President Dr. Ron Prestage. "They are the next generation of leaders, and NPPC and the CME Group are pleased to recognize their commitment to the pork industry with these scholarships."
"Over the past 25 years, this scholarship program has enable us to invest in the next generation of our nation's food producers," said Tim Andriesen, CME Group's managing director of agricultural commodities. "NPPC is a critical partner in advancing risk management education to future pork industry leaders."