National Pork Industry Foundation

Foundation Story

Educational opportunities provide insight into careers in the pork industry by connecting students with the persons, places, and systems.

Since 1984, the National Pork Industry Foundation has supported persons interested in serving the industry through:

  • scholarships
  • educational opportunities
  • avenues for advancement

The Foundation, a 501(C)(3), can use its resources for research and education with programs conducted in an objective, scientific manner.

  • Outside organizations may ask the Foundation to do research or provide an educational program related to an issue of concern to the third party.

Our Mission

The National Pork Industry Foundation’s mission is to support programs and educational opportunities for all people with a desire to advance their knowledge in the pork industry.

The Foundation encourages endeavors that strengthen and advance individuals to become productive and responsible in the pork industry. It encourages and supports collaboration to maximize resources in sustaining educational opportunities.

Our Board of Directors

The National Pork Industry Foundation’s Board of Directors includes:

  • Tom Pitstick, President
  • Sam Carney, Vice-President
  • Danita Rodibaugh, Secretary
  • Barb Determan
  • Everett Forkner
  • Scott Hays
  • Howard Hill
  • Gary Machan
  • Jeff Smouse
  • Janine VanVark

Current Contributions

The National Pork Industry Foundation’s currently contributes annually to two scholarship programs.

  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online Program (CAO): CAO is a scholarship competition and education experience made possible by agricultural organizations as all sponsors provide a program mentor and financial contribution fueling program activities and opportunities for participants. Winners of the competition then receive college scholarships. The 2020 CAO program had 276 individual participants and 16 collegiate club participants.
  • The Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship Program: The Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship program  is sponsored by the CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation. The scholarship program, introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC and was renamed in 2006 to honor the passing of NPPC Board of Director Lois Britt. Through this program, ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students annually who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry.

Your Support and Contributions Are Welcome

The National Pork Industry Foundation exists due to the generous support of pork producers and allied industry partners.

Together, donations to the National Pork Industry Foundation become a powerful tool to assist in the process of awarding scholarships, funding internships, and launching the careers of future leaders.

Individuals, companies, and organizations can contribute funding to the Foundation. This funding may qualify as a charitable deduction to the company for income tax purposes.

If you wish to contribute, contributions can be sent to:

The National Pork Industry Foundation, 10676 Justin Dr., Urbandale, IA 50322