May 23, 2022
NEW ALBANY, Ohio – The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to welcome Justin Beckner to the team as the summer Pig Care & Education Intern and Kylie Ramirez as a Communications Intern.
“We are excited to have vibrant, young leaders join the Ohio Pork Council Team this summer,” said Cheryl Day, Executive Vice President. “Their passion for animal agriculture will shine bright through the work with our organization.”
Justin comes to Ohio Pork from the brick streets of Oxford, Ohio where he has been an active part of the agricultural industry since he was 10 years old. Beckner has spent many years raising show pigs and showing at the Butler County fair, as well as raising pigs for market. His experiences in the agricultural industry also include being an active member of the Talawanda Butler Tech FFA and serving as an Ohio FFA State Officer.
Beckner is currently a junior at Wilmington College, where he is studying Agricultural Education, and is currently serving as the Vice President of Public Relations for the Student Government Association.
This Summer, Beckner will assist in the development of new educational materials and programs for the Ohio Pork Council. During the State Fair, you can find him taking care of the sows and helping to educate the public on the pig industry.
Kylie is from Holmes County, Ohio, where she was a member of 4-H and FFA programs and is also the founder of the Be You Livestock Show. This is where she found her passion for making the agricultural industry more diverse and inclusive.
Ramirez is a junior at The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in agricultural communication and minoring in agribusiness. During her time as a Buckeye, she has been an active member of the Hoof-N-Hide club, the Agricultural Communicators, Educators, and Leaders of Tomorrow club, and a CFAES Ambassador.
In her role, Ramirez will assist with developing content across the organization’s digital and print platforms, highlighting producer and consumer-facing projects. She will also play an essential role in managing volunteers at the OPC state fair food stands and help with coordination of special events this summer.
About The Ohio Pork Council
The Ohio Pork Council was established in 1968, beginning with nearly 800 pig farmers dedicated to the task of promoting their own product. Currently, OPC has approximately 2,500 members. Their mission is to serve and benefit all Ohio pork producers. To learn more about the Ohio Pork Council, visit www.OhioPork.org or call 614- 882-5887.
Media Inquiries: Cheryl Day, [email protected]