IL Livestock Leadership Institute

The Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute (ILLI) is a combined effort from 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. 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.


A maximum of 30 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.


This year's tour locations include, but not limited to: Maschhoff’s, Blue Grass Stockyards, Keeneland Racetrack, Godolphin Thoroughbred Horse Farm, Golden Age Beef Farm, and Harvest Home Dairy Farm. Our trip will also include educational presentations by the Kentucky Beef Council, NeoGen, and Alltech, plus a team-building exercise at Boone Creek Outdoors. Tours/presentations are subject to change.



Thank you for your interest in the Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute. 

Applications are now closed for this event.  


Please contact Lana Shovlin at or 217-529-3100 with any questions.