IL Pork Leadership Institute

The Illinois Pork Leadership Institute (IPLI) provides an opportunity for young men and women to become actively involved in the pork industry and all of agriculture. IPLI, sponsored by the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), is administered by the IPPA Youth Committee.


IPLI 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.  Youth will learn about pork promotion, research, consumer information and issues that affect the pork industry today.  IPLI delegates must be 16-22 years old by the start of the trip. IPLI delegates need not be pork producers or from pork producing families, but must exhibit a sincere interest in the pork industry and agriculture. There is a $200 registration fee, but all other trip expenses are covered by IPPA.


The 2018 trip will make stops in Indiana and Kentucky before arriving at our final destination, Nashville, TN. This trip will focus on pork retail, with an emphasis on leadership and communication. We will leave from the Springfield office on June 25th, and return on June 28th. For questions, contact


Applications are now available and

due by May 25th, 2018 to reserve your spot!

 2018 IPLI Application 


2018 Trip Tentative Itinerary:


Monday June 25th: Indiana

- National Swine Registry

- RDM Shrimp Farm

- Crossroads Genetics, Boar Stud 


Tuesday, June 26th: KY-TN

- Hayden Farms, KY

- Tour Stop, TN (TBD)

- Supper in downtown Nashville, TN

- Free time on Broadway


Wednesday, June 27th: TN

- Tour Stop (TBD)

- Walking Food Tour, Downtown Nashville

- Grand Ole Opry


Thursday, June 28th:

- Tour Stop (TBD)

- Lunch

- The Maschhoffs