The Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Committee recently awarded 27 youth with $50 grants to help offset the costs of their upcoming 4-H and FFA swine projects. The Youth Pig Project grant program began in 2003 to encourage youth to become involved in the Wisconsin pork industry through projects that offer opportunities to develop life skills and showcase career opportunities.
Wisconsin youth submitted 69 applications for consideration. The application included information on their project goals, simple budget for the project, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals certification date, future goals as they relate to the pork industry, and a paragraph stating why the Wisconsin Pork Association should select them for the Youth Pig Project grant.
Those receiving grants were: Adriana Anderson, Baldwin; Marley Brommer, Nelson; Lachelle Dahlstrom, Barron; Brooke DeGidio, Bloomer; Dylan Dewitt, Ontario; Benjamin Dittman, New Richmond; Amelia Dittman, New Richmond; Clara Eicker, Brillion; Alex Falkowski, Ringle; Hunter Falkowski, Ringle; Ethan Frank, Augusta; Evan Freed, Cadott; Abby Giddings, Eland; Anna Hibicki, Ripon; Carolynn Hiebl, Edgar; Austin Huitema, Markesan; Anika Kolka, Marathon; Paige Langenecker, Hartford; Trenton Lee, Holcombe; Landon Penk, Lublin; Bryson Smith, Lake Geneva; Nathan Stanek, Augusta; Ethan Staudinger, Reedsville; Eli Staudinger, Reedsville; Emma Syverson, Clinton; William Wanish, Colfax; and Matilda Witak, Oconto.
The program is sponsored through checkoff dollars with additional support from the following sponsors: ACJ Farm; Goplin Show Pigs; George Holst; Graff Show Pigs; Jake’s Pig Palace; Keel Show Pigs; Tom Knauer Family; Krebs Farms; Magolski Farms; Walsh Family Farm; and Wehrle Farms.