The University of Missouri Pork Institute is an intensive three-day educational program. Its goal is to instruct young people in profitable pork production, introduce them to the latest technological developments and train them to be leaders in the U.S. pork industry.  Participants will compete for two $1,000 college scholarships.


Students selected to attend the 2024 University of Missouri Pork Institute included:


Isabelle Enke, St. Clair High School (Scholarship Winner)
Gavin Howerton, Clinton High School (Scholarship Winner)
Natalie Foster, Drexel High School
Addison Vlach, Stockton High School
Donnie Laut, Fredericktown High School

MPA Youth Pork Ambassadors:
Leah Thompson, Fredericktown
Emma Robinson, Republic
Lena Stricklin, Rolla
Nicholas Van Schyndel, Mexico



2024 Youth Pork Institute Scholarship Winners Isabelle Enke (left) and Gavin Howerton (right) with the University of Missouri’s Dr. Bryan Garton.


The 2024 Youth Pork Institute attendees at the Missouri Pork Association office.

Left to Right, back row – Isabelle Enke, Gavin Howerton, Donnie Laut and Nicholas Van Schyndel


Left to Right, front row – Dr. Bryan Garton, Natalie Foster, Addison Vlach, Leah Thompson, Emma Robinson and Lena Stricklin



For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Marcia Shannon University of Missouri-Columbia S-133 Animal Science Center Columbia, MO 65211 (573) 882-7859

Missouri Pork Association 6235 W. Cunningham Dr. Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 445-8375