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Probst Named Illinois Pork Ambassador
Illinois Ag Connection - 02/25/2021

Each year the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) awards a summer internship. Rachel Probst has been selected as the next Pork Ambassador.

Rachel Probst is currently a junior studying Agriculture Education at Illinois State University. She previously earned her associate's degree from Lake Land Community College. Rachel was raised on a feeder-to-finish hog and grain farm near Wheeler, Ill.

Along with being involved on the family farm, Rachel was very active in 4-H and FFA, holding various leadership positions. Through those experiences she became a dedicated and passionate individual while strengthening her leadership and communication skills.

On campus, Rachel is involved in Sigma Alpha, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agriculture Education Club and recently attended the Agriculture Future of America conference. Being a part of these organizations allows Rachel to advocate for the agriculture industry and make connections with others who share similar interests.

"I'm excited to see where this summer takes me and the people I will meet along the way. As an agriculture education student, I strive to effectively educate the public and youth about the pork industry," says Probst. "Although this internship may look a little different, I have learned how to be flexible which is critical in the agriculture industry."

Probst will hold the title of ambassador through the 2022 IL Pork Expo and will intern in the IPPA office this coming summer. She will travel throughout the state presenting at Summer Agriculture Institutes and will manage the Birthing Center at the Illinois State Fair.

"IPPA is very fortunate to have such a leader in this position," says Jenny Ring, Director of Communications for IPPA. "We are looking forward to having Rachel in our office and sharing experiences in the pork industry."

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