Pig to Plate Adventure

Pig to Plate Adventure

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 and is available on a first come, first serve basis beginning August 26th!***

UPDATE:  We are completely full for the 2019 Pig to Plate Adventure and can no longer accept new registrations!  Please check back next year!

When:  November 12th – 13th, 2019 (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* (Due to the high demand for the event, we cannot accept repeat student attendees!)

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 60 total attendees.  We will allow each school district to send up to 5 students and one advisor.

Registration:  Registration forms for students and advisors are available below.  Completed registration forms can be turned in beginning August 26th at 8 am (not before!) and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis!!  UPDATE:  We are completely full for the 2019 Pig to Plate Adventure and can no longer accept new registrations!  Please check back next year!

Questions?  Contact Kelsey Byrnes at kbyrnes@iowapork.org or 515-225-7675.

Registration Form – Advisor

Registration Form – Student

Informational Flyer


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 Producersstudents review materials 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.