IL Livestock Leadership Institute Opportunity for Youth in Agriculture

Group photo from the 2018 IPLI (newly named ILLI) trip to Nashville, TN. This year’s destination is Milwaukee, Wisc. ( Illinois Pork Producers )

The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and Illinois Beef Association (IBA) are partnering to cultivate youth who may be interested in a career in the livestock industry. Together, they are planning an educational event for June of this year.

Formerly know as the Illinois Pork Leadership Institute, the Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute (ILLI) is open to students ages 16-22 who are interested in agriculture. Only 25 applicants will be accepted for the upcoming trip. This 4-day trip to Milwaukee, Wisc., will take place June 19-22. The location changes annually to allow new scenery and tours. 

Topics covered during ILLI range from livestock production, promotion and retail to agriculture communications and leadership. Tours confirmed for the trip include, but are not limited to, ABS Global, MorganMyers, Johnsonville Sausage Plant, Larson Farms cattle feedlot, and a swine vet lab with Dr. Wesley Lyons.

“This is a great educational, social and cultural trip. We got to see and experience so much in a short time,” says 2018 IPLI attendee Meg Meeker. “I highly encourage anyone with even a small interest in livestock to take time and attend this trip.”

Students who have a passion for agriculture and interest in the livestock industry are invited to apply. The application is a short form and essay prompt. It can be found at The application is due May 15. Accepted students will be notified within a week of the deadline. 

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