Nicholas Van Schyndel Selected a Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador

Osage Beach, Mo.,—The Missouri Pork Association (MPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Nicholas Van Schyndel from Mexico as a Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador. His selection was announced at the Missouri Pork Expo on February 20, 2024.


Nicholas is the son of Matt and Leah Van Schyndel, and a senior at Mexico High School where he will graduate in May of 2024. After graduation, Nicholas plans to attend the University of Missouri to major in animal sciences.


Nicholas currently works for Hedge Holler Harvest, Hickory Haven Ranch, and Cauthorn Farms. He lives on his family farm where they raise and butcher hogs and then sell the meat at the Columbia Farmers Market. Nicholas is involved in FBLA, 4-H, DECA, and FFA. He was selected as Star Greenhand for his FFA chapter and currently serves as the student advisor for Mexico FFA. He is also an officer for the Area IV FFA.


During the next year, Nicholas will attend events such as the Annual Golf Tournament and Missouri State Fair. At the end of the program, Nicholas will receive a $1,000 scholarship payable to a technical school, community college or four-year university.


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 public policy. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.


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