Formerly known as the Illinois Pork Leadership Institute, the Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute (ILLI) is now a combined effort of the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), the Illinois Beef Association (IBA) and Midwest Dairy (MWD). ILLI provides an opportunity for young men and women to become actively involved in the livestock industry and all of agriculture. This program is sponsored by the three previously mentioned organizations and is administered by their respective staff.
ILLI is a 4-day trip that focuses on leadership, citizenship, and communication skills through hands-on experiences. It is hosted in a different location each year. The destination for this year is Des Moines, IA, June 28 – July 1. Youth will learn about pork, beef and dairy production, research, consumer information and issues that affect the livestock industry today.
ILLI participants must be 16-20 years old by the time of trip. ILLI participants need not be pork/beef/dairy producers or from pork/beef/dairy producing families but must exhibit a sincere interest in the livestock industry and agriculture.
Tour locations include, but not limited to: Cinnamon Ridge Farms, Iowa State University research farm, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Swine Genetics International boar stud, and Weber Beef with supplemental presentations related to consumer research communications training. Tours are subject to change given the pandemic.
A maximum of 27 students will be accepted. Registration is based first on age, then on the quality of response to the prompt listed on the registration form. Notifications will be made within one week of the application deadline. If chosen, there is a $150 registration fee to attend the trip, with all other trip expenses are covered by ILLI.
Interested students must register prior to May 21. The registration link can be found on all respective organizations’ websites, plus their social media channels. Notice of acceptance will be given within a week of the deadline.