February 22, 2008
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Don Nikodim, (573) 445-8375
Missouri Pork Association Announces Youth Pork Ambassadors
Augusta Youth Selected for Scholarship Program
Columbia, Mo.— Brian Rehmeier, a high school senior from Augusta, has been selected as one of the first Missouri Pork Association Youth Pork Ambassadors. His selection was announced during the 2008 Missouri Pork Expo on February 20 in Columbia.
Rehmeier has worked on the family farm, Rehmeier Farms, since he was ten years old. He initially fed pigs in the farrowing barns, but his responsibilities have grown to include much more. He works with pigs after birth, power washes the farrowing rooms, and assists in spreading effluent from the lagoon. Most recently, he has begun artificially inseminating sows and gilts and collecting semen from boars.
Rehmeier is also involved in the crop production aspect of the farm—spraying crops, operating the combine during harvest and hauling grain.
A four-year member of the FFA, Rehmeier has participated in many activities. He was a member of the forestry team, and competed at the state level. His involvement in the FFA Petting Zoo gave him the opportunity to speak with elementary students about animals on the farm.
After graduating from Washington High School, Rehmeier plans to attend John Woods Community College in Illinois. Upon completion of his degree, Rehmeier plans to come back and assist his family with operating Rehmeier Farms.
Rehmeier is the son of Dean and Mary Rehmeier from Augusta.
Throughout the next year, Rehmeier will participate in various events in the pork industry. At the end of the program, he will receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to a technical school, community college or four-year university.
Qualified applicants must be involved in the pork industry or the son/daughter of a parent or guardian involved in the pork industry, and between their senior year of high school and sophomore year of college as of January 1, 2008.
The Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador program combines a scholarship opportunity with the chance to actively participate in Missouri’s pork industry. It provides an opportunity for youth to develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members, while improving communication and leadership skills.
The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.