Matthew Larsen is the PORK AMBASSADOR

Matthew Larsen, Writer

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What is a pork ambassador? The Pork Ambassador is a title bestowed only on those who are worthy and possess the qualities that The Pork Ambassador must exhibit such as amazing good looks, overwhelming strength, and above all else, an ability to communicate with the pigs. This year, I, Matthew Larsen, have the honor of bearing this title.

The title is awarded though the SDPPC or the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. The title also comes with a scholarship of 1000 dollars. To apply for the scholarship, you must be a senior in high school or a college student. The criteria for getting the scholarship include writing an essay about how pork has influenced you, answering several questions, and, finally, interviewing with members of the council. Anyone can apply for the scholarship, but it definitely helps if you have a background in pork or an interest in the industry. The council chooses two pork ambassadors per year, with this year being the exception of there being three pork ambassadors.

Being a pork ambassador also comes with some obligations. As a pork ambassador, I have to go to four events, including the South Dakota Pork Expo, the Taste of Elegance, the SDPPC pork booth (at the SD State Fair), and a pork council meeting. Pork ambassadors are expected to promote pork throughout the year. Being a pork ambassador is a good opportunity to meet successful pork producers and build a good network of people who you can learn from.

 

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