Minnesota Pork Ambassadors
(Left to Right) First runner-up Lloyd Lesmeister,
State Pork Ambassador Sarah Marketon
and second runner-up Matthew Welter.
The Real Pork Ambassadors
By Sarah Marketon
Minnesota Pork Ambassador Sarah is the daughter of Robert and Annette Marketon of Howard Lake and a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in agricultural education.
As the Minnesota Pork Ambassador, I am excited to share producers’ stories and engage consumers in conversations about raising pigs and consuming pork. But what really makes someone an ambassador? It certainly is not the nametag or the polo shirt that is embroidered with the pork logo. It is a desire to spread the truth about raising pigs and life on a farm.This definition also qualifies many people reading my article to be pork ambassadors. MORE
Technology in Pork Production Adds to Sustainability
By Lloyd Lesmeister
Pork Ambassador: first runner-up Lloyd, the son of Wayne and Jean Lesmeister of Morris, is an animal science major at North Dakota State University, Fargo.
As the global population continues to grow, the land that agriculturalists have to produce the world’s food continues to decrease. This is where technology in agriculture becomes a huge factor, and the pork industry has shown it is on the cutting edge of new technology. This is important for the industry to continue producing more pork using fewer inputs. MORE
Pork: Meating the Demand
By Matthew Welter
Pork Ambassador, second runner-upMatthew, the son of Randy and Myrna Welter of Stewartville, is an agricultural biochemistry major at Iowa State University, Ames.
As we know, the population is growing at the fastest rate in history, mainly in China and other Asian countries. As agricultural leaders, this places a heavy load onto the backs of American farmers to provide enough safe, nutritious, and tasty food for people to enjoy. One of the most popular commodities in these countries is pork. MORE
About the Pork Ambassador Program
The Minnesota Pork Board’s Ambassador Program promotes leadership and communication skill development, and helps further an individual's agricultural knowledge through hands-on activities and social experiences.
Youth representing a county pork organization may participate in state supported events, including the Minnesota Agriculture Ambassador Institute, the Minnesota State Fair Oink Booth and Minnesota Pork Congress.
County ambassadors may earn a $500 scholarship from the Minnesota Pork Board for completing a prescribed list of tasks, which are identified in the Ambassador Handbook
. Additionally, all county ambassadors are encouraged to compete for the state ambassador positions.
Successful state ambassadors receive additional scholarships: Minnesota Pork Ambassador, $1,500; First Runner-up, $750; and Second Runner-up, $500. Additional cash awards are presented for best essay and congeniality.
For more information on the Pork Ambassador Program, contact Minnesota Pork Board Director of Education Jill Resler.