SD Master Pork Producers Association awards scholarships to 4 SDSU students

Four South Dakota State University students have received $1,000 scholarships from the South Dakota Master Pork Producers Association.

Corbin Fuoss, of Armour; Revin Bruck, of Persia, Iowa; Autumn Kramer, of Kindred, North Dakota; and Brynn Lozinski, of Clara City, Minnesota, each received $1,000. The scholarships are awarded to students with an interest in pursuing a career in some aspect of the swine industry.

The South Dakota Master Pork Producers Association, which is made up of industry partners and SDSU Extension, presented the scholarships on Jan. 10, 2024, during the annual South Dakota Pork Producers Convention in Sioux Falls.

Proceeds from the council’s annual Pork Chop Open golf tournament fund the group’s activities, including the scholarship awards.

“The South Dakota Master Pork Producers’ goal is to recognize outstanding pork producers, help future pork producers in their educational pursuits and make a positive difference throughout South Dakota,” said Bob Thaler, Farm Credit Services of America Endowed Chair in Swine Production, distinguished professor and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist.

Additional information on the scholarship recipients:

Corbin Fuoss

Fuoss is a junior majoring in agronomy. After graduation, he plans to return to the family farm near Armour. He has been involved in all aspects of running finishing barns for the last 8 to 9 years, which includes daily chores, emptying barns and preparing them for the next round of pigs.

Revin Bruck

Bruck grew up on his family’s farm in southwestern Iowa, operating a cow-calf herd and farming row crops. One of the reasons he chose SDSU is its strong animal science program, and he has been working at the SDSU swine research facility since September. He plans to travel the country working at livestock production facilities after graduation, with an eye toward one day running his own farm.

Autumn Kramer

Originally from North Dakota, Kramer came to SDSU to study animal science in the pre-veterinary medicine track and plans to pursue a career as a small animal veterinarian. Kramer had no experience with swine production prior to attending SDSU, but has conducted research with Eric Weaver, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, for the last year and has enjoyed her new experiences.

Brynn Lozinski

Lozinski grew up showing pigs in 4-H in her home state of Minnesota, and has worked for the swine operation Country Pork LLP since she was 15. At SDSU she is majoring in animal science, with a minor in meat science and a certificate in swine science. Lozinski has an eye toward graduate school, ultimately planning to join the swine industry.