Columbia, Mo., — Cole Edwards, a student with the Salisbury FFA program, impressed the judges with his speech, Opportunities in the Pork Industry, to win the FFA Pork Speaking Contest state finals, held on February 13 at the 2013 Missouri Pork Expo.

Edwards was one of six speakers to reach the state finals. Students qualified for the finals by winning their area, then district contest.

With the victory, he earned a plaque and a check for $200.

Trent Ludwig, a member of the Nichols Career Center FFA chapter, placed second, earning $150. Madison Kellums from the Southland FFA finished third, earning $100. Also competing in the state finals were Sheridan Jamvold, Trenton FFA, Justin Vehige, Fatima FFA, and Jennifer Murphy, McDonald County FFA-each receive $50.

Alltech sponsored the cash prizes for the FFA Pork Speaking Contest, which took place during the Pork Expo held in Columbia at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Pork producers from across the state enjoyed a trade show, producer education seminars and guest speakers.   The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to, or call (573) 445-8375.