The mission of the American Berkshire Foundation is to preserve the past, strengthen the present and ensure the future by supporting the educational and career goals of our youth with scholarships and mentoring.
The ABA Foundation awards scholarships to students every spring. The 2018 scholarship winners are now posted here.
Celebrating 20 Years!
The American Berkshire Foundation is celebrating its 20th Anniversary during the Summer Type Conference in Springfield, Illinois.
The ABA Annual meeting will start off with the tradition of the Foundation’s State Basket Auction. New this year - the Foundation will also be auctioning off some state baskets during the Berkshire sale at Expo, Summer Type Conference and the National Barrow Show. If you are interested in donating a basket/memorabilia contact Alex Conover at (630) 270-9983. As items come available they will be posted on the Foundation’s Facebook page so feel free to go check them out. If you are interested in putting a bid in please contact Alex Conover or Kim Stassen at (320) 220-3626.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors will also be recognizing the 2018 Scholarship recipients Thursday night at the ABA Annual meeting as well as Friday during the Berkshire open show. Recipients attending Expo will get recognized during the Berkshire open show on Friday.
There will also be an Anniversary breakfast served Saturday morning out at the Illinois State Fairgrounds starting at 7:30am. Free will donation.
If you are unable to participate in the above events but would still like to contribute to the Berkshire youth please fill out the donation form that can be found on the website and mail it in.
We appreciate all the support from the Berkshire breeders!
In 1990 Craig and Burdette Conover presented to the American Berkshire Association Board of Directors and membership an idea for creating a foundation that would fund youth awards and scholarships. The process for creating such a foundation began in 1994, and the American Berkshire Foundation was officially incorporated on May 7th, 1998 in Indiana.
This is the only Purebred Swine Breed Foundation in existence.
The primary fund raiser for the foundation has been a state basket auction that is held before the annual meeting at the Summer Type Conference. Each state association is asked to bring a basket filled with items that are made in their state or reflects the heritage or legacy of the state. Private donations in memory or honor of a family member or friend are another form of income for the foundation.