November 2018 Pig to Plate Adventure!
Thirty-six high school students from 10 different schools participated at the 2018 Pig to Plate Adventure held on the Iowa State University campus, and sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Over the two-day event in mid-November, students interacted with industry and on-campus experts about the full pork story – from conception to consumption.
This included a virtual tour of a gestation barn, a visit to the ISU meat lab, and spending time in McKay Hall kitchens, where the students prepared pork as part of a meal.
“I think the students – from freshmen to seniors – really enjoyed seeing everything from conception to consumption. And being able to see it in that order really hit home,” said Kelsey Byrnes, the consumer outreach director at the Iowa Pork Producers Association. “Many of the students were really outside their element in the kitchen, but really loved it!” she said.
Students came from schools in Nevada, Monticello, Shenandoah, Northeast (Goose Lake), English Valley, Belmond Klemme, Midland Community, IKM-Manning, Central Community, and Le Mars.
She also sought feedback from the students’ advisers, and they indicated they would be back. Here are just a few things they had to say:
“The students not only learned new and useful information, but they had the opportunity to hear from, and network with, industry professionals while also participating in hands-on activities.”
“I would recommend this to other advisers – it was a great way for students to see the big picture.”
However, one adviser wasn’t as willing to share the great story: “No, I wouldn’t recommend this event…because I don’t want other schools to sign up before me and take my spot!”
Byrnes said she hopes to expand the opportunities for students in the fall of 2019.
What is Pig to Plate Adventure?
The Iowa Pork Producers Association hosts the ultimate pork industry experience for high school students in this fall event! The activities over two days include a commercial pig farm tour, a fabrication demonstration, a look into careers in the pork industry, a hands-on pork cookery class, and much more!
***Attendance is limited – Make sure you sign up early when the event is announced in 2019!***
Here’s the details from the 2018 event to help you review and plan when the 2019 Pig to Plate Adventure is announced – stay tuned!
When: November 12th – 13th (Will begin around 10:00 am on the 12th and will finish up by 3:00 pm on the 13th)
Where: Ames, Iowa
Who: High school students (Freshman – Senior) and FFA/FCCLA Advisors*
What: The two-day event will include a tour of a pig farm, a pig fabrication demonstration, hands-on pork cookery, and more!
Cost: Free to students and advisor attending!!**
*We will be accepting up to 35 total attendees. We will allow each school district to send up to 5 students and one advisor.
**We will cover the cost of up to 5 students and 1 advisor per school district.
Registration: For more information, contact Kelsey Byrnes at email@example.com or mailed her at IPPA at P.O. Box 71009, Clive, IA 5
Questions? Contact Kelsey Byrnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-225-7675.