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Partnership Aims to Advance Student-Led Pork Research
Iowa Ag Connection - 10/30/2020

The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and the Iowa Pork Producers Association are announcing a second year of the program to encourage more students to get involved in swine and pork science research. Iowa students who complete and conduct a science experiment that is related to pigs, pork, pig production, swine care, or in a related subject area will be eligible to receive a $200 scholarship.

Today's pig farmers and pork producers use a lot of science to determine how to best raise their animals. Good science can help propel the industry forward and allow pork and pork by-products to continue to be an important part of the food supply and agricultural industry. Iowa ranks #1 in pork production.

"We are excited to offer this research opportunity to students," said Joyce Hoppes of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. "Our industry relies on science for advancement in animal care and product improvements."

The scholarship can assist students in the development of a project, be used to purchase supplies for their experiments, or purchase supplies for the presentation of the project. The funds can also be used to help fund travel to any of the four science fairs and symposiums hosted in Iowa including: the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (March 1-2 online); the Western Iowa Science and Engineering Fair (online); the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair (March 20 in Cedar Rapids); or the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (March 25-26 in Ames).

"Students can complete a research project in any of the more than 70 categories," said Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation executive Director Will Fett. "There are so many interesting connections between pork and science that students can explore. Everything from biomedical and health sciences to mathematics and microbiology can relate to pork and swine."

Ten students (grades 6-12) will be selected to receive the scholarship. The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be Jan. 29. Students selected to receive the scholarship and their teacher or sponsor will be contacted by Feb. 1.

For more information about this activity or other education activities please contact the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation at Students can apply for the scholarship and begin their science research by visiting

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