2021 ILLI Registration Opens


2021 ILLI Registration Opens

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – 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. 



The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) represents more than 1,600 pork producers throughout Illinois and the Illinois pork industry, which contributes more than $13.8 billion and more than 57,000 jobs to the state’s economy (related to pork production and processing). IPPA is comprised of county pork producer groups in approximately 20 counties throughout Illinois. IPPA is an affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board.

The Illinois Beef Association (IBA) is a 2,000-member trade association representing every segment of the beef industry in Illinois; also acting as Illinois' qualified state beef council using Beef Checkoff dollars to drive beef demand.


Midwest Dairy® represents 5,800 dairy farm families and works on their behalf to build dairy demand by inspiring consumer confidence in our products and production practices. We are committed to Bringing Dairy to Life! by Giving Consumers an Excellent Dairy Experience and are funded by farmers across a 10-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. For more information, visit MidwestDairy.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy. Dairy. For relevant conversations about issues and trends in the dairy community, listen to Dairy on the Air.