South Dakota Pork Producers Council announce Pork Ambassadors

South Dakota Pork Producers Council
Farm Forum

SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Pork Producers Council awarded Kendra Klumb of Ethan, South Dakota, Macey Kriens of Dell Rapids, South Dakota and Matthew Larsen of Wosey, South Dakota with a $1,000 scholarship. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council recognized these three students during the Master Pork Producers Banquet on Jan. 10.

Kendra Klumb is the daughter of Shannon and Michelle Klumb. She currently double majors in elementary and special education at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D.

Kendra has been involved with her family’s hog, cattle, and row crop operation taking her turn running machines and helping in the barns. She believes in strongly in advocating to future generations about rural America living. As she continues her teaching career, she feels passionate about implementing agriculture into the classroom and building a strong foundation of the agricultural industry at an early age.

Before graduating from Ethan High School in May 2016, Kendra was involved in Band, Choir, Family Community Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) president, student council, theatre, Lutheran Youth Organization president, Oral Interp, and 4-H at the state and local levels.

In college Kendra is involved with Teachers of Tomorrow, being a student ambassador, and volunteering with various organizations.

Macey is the daughter of Terry and Barb Kriens. She currently attends South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings and is majoring in animal science with minors in agricultural business and agricultural marketing and plans to earn a swine science certificate as well.

Agriculture has played a major role is Macey’s life. She has been involved in her family’s farm operation with raising commercial Black Angus beef cattle and planting and harvesting crops including corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. Macey enjoys helping her family in the spring during calving season as well as running the family’s grain cart in the fall during harvest.

Before graduating from St. Mary High school in May of 2015, Macey was involved in volleyball, cheerleading, stats, and NHS. Once she went to college she began to work with pigs at Pipestone System serving as a farrowing technician in a sow unit. She also recently interned as an assistant logistical coordinator in Pipestone System’s trucking department, Pipestone Transport. While on campus at SDSU, Macey serves as the current vice president of SDSU Swine Club and is also a member of the Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority.

In her spare time, Macey enjoys helping on the farm, spending time with her niece and nephew, and hanging out with her friends. As Macey and her fiancé prepare for their future in production agriculture they look forward to the opportunities ahead within the swine industry.

Matthew is the son of Bill and Carol Larsen. He is currently attending Wolsey-Wessington High School and will graduate this spring. Matthew’s plan for the future is to go to SDSU pursuing a degree in agriculture.

Matthew is involved in FFA, Oral Interpretation, One Act Play, Track, Band, Choir, All-State Choir, HOSA, Yearbook, Journalism and Sports Broadcasting at school. Other activities include; 4-H Youth Council, Performing Arts, showing livestock and archery. Matthew has also attended South Dakota Boys State.

On the farm Matthew helps with cattle and hog operations as well as corn, soybeans and hay. He has worked as a lifeguard in the summer at the Wolsey and Wessington pools.

The South Dakota Youth Pork Ambassador Program is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to become actively involved in the pork industry. The program helps youth develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members. It is an opportunity to learn about pork production and the industry and to improve communication and leadership skills. The main goal of the Youth Pork Ambassador program is to promote the South Dakota Pork Producers Council and the swine industry at various events. The successful candidate will gain valuable experience and develop relationships that will last a lifetime.

Some of the duties as the Ambassador are that they are required to attend four events throughout the year. The required events are the South Dakota Pork Congress and Trade Show, Taste of Elegance, South Dakota State Fair and one Executive Board Meeting. The Ambassador will also be asked to assist at other promotions during their term. The Ambassador will begin the program at the 2018 South Dakota Pork Congress and Trade Show and finish the program at the 2019 South Dakota Pork Congress and Trade Show. If the Ambassador is not able to attend one of these events, other events may be substituted with the approval of the Executive Director.

The Ambassador with the assistance from SDPPC staff is asked to set up a booth promoting pork at their local county fair or other public event. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council staff will also assist the Ambassador in finding appropriate contacts for job shadowing opportunities.