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Participants Named for Pork Mentorship Program
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/14/2018

The Wisconsin Pork Association has selected three individuals to participate in its Pork Mentorship Program this year. Elizabeth Ries, Lomira; Shelby Veum, Stoughton; and Caitlyn Wileman, Janesville were chosen to take part in the year-long initiative.

Ries is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she is majoring in animal science with an emphasis on swine. Her future plans include attending UW-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine to become a food animal veterinarian.

Veum, a freshman studying agricultural communications with a minor in animal science, attends Iowa State University. She plans to work in communications or public relations for an agricultural business while also continuing to expand her family's swine herd.

And Wileman attends UW-Platteville as a sophomore majoring in animal science and agricultural business. She has a strong interest in pursuing a career in nutrition or genetics and also plans to one day have her own pig farm.

The Mentorship Program is designed to expand participants' knowledge of the swine industry through hands-on experiences and job shadows, involvement in pork industry programs, and partaking in WPA activities. Upon successful completion of the program, the selected participants will receive a $500 scholarship to apply towards their education expenses.

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