The Minnesota Pork Board has selected Amelia Welter of Olmsted County as the 2017-18 Minnesota Pork Ambassador.
Sierra Williamson of Martin County was named first runner-up, and Kenny Strobel of Waseca County was named second runner-up.
Welter was named ambassador last week during an afternoon program held at Farmfest near Morgan.
Minnesota’s Pork Ambassadors serve as goodwill ambassadors for more than 3,000 family pig farmers, while also gaining valuable professional and personal development opportunities.
During the program, Analicia Swanson from Faribault County was recognized for writing the best essay, and she received a cash award. Anna Brekke of Scott County won the Congeniality Award .
Fifteen young people representing 10 counties competed for the title of Minnesota Pork Ambassador. Candidates are evaluated based on their written essay, personal interview, public presentation and mock media interview.
Jill Resler, Minnesota Pork COO and ambassador program director, says it is a privilege to work with young people in the ambassador program, and that their passion and enthusiasm for the pork industry is contagious.
“The ambassador program serves as an incredible opportunity for these young people to grow as leaders and spokespeople for our industry,” she adds.
This year’s judges were Dustin Compart of Compeer Financial, Sheila Schmid of Schwartz Farms Inc. and Wanda Patsche of CW Pork.
Source: Minnesota Pork