The Illinois Pork Expo will be held Feb. 4-5 at the Peoria Civic Center and will again offer a jam-packed agenda with something for everyone involved in the pork industry – producers, contract growers, employees, allied industry and youth. This year's Pork Expo has several items that may be of interest to Illinois grain farmers as well. The Pork Expo is sponsored by the Illinois Pork Producers Association.
"The theme of this year's expo is 'Agents of Change'", explains Pam Janssen, a pork producer from Minonk and Chair of the 2014 IL Pork Expo. "This theme evokes the spirit of joining together to rise to the occasion and embrace the mission through teamwork, allowing us to meet new challenges head-on. As pork producers, we accept this challenge by renewing our skills, through best practice models, staying on top of current trends, and enhancing additional skills that promote professional development. The IL Pork Expo is the one-stop shop for the IL pork industry. We strive to continue to improve the show and make it relevant to pork producers."
Highlights of the 2014 IL Pork Expo schedule include: IPPA Annual Meeting - Tuesday, Feb. 4; Trade Show will begin at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and be open until 6 p.m. and then be open on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; All Educational Seminars will be on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
"We continue to look at the IL Pork Expo as an opportunity to offer pork producers the chance to hear from pork industry experts on current issues impacting their farms," adds Jim Kaitschuk, IPPA Executive Director. "The educational seminars will offer insight and information that producers can take home and put to use in their farms."
Educational seminars will focus on current industry issues such as: PEDv, Winter Barn Management and Swine Nutrition. Special breakout sessions will be held for Wean to Finish and Breed to Wean producers. A special breakout session will also be held on Feb. 5th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for anyone interested in learning more about current contract production opportunities for pork production in Illinois.
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Additionally, on Wednesday a special Market Outlook Roundtable will be held featuring three marketing experts from around the country on their outlook for 2014 and ways to manage your marketing risk for crops, feed inputs and hogs. The panel discussion will be moderated by Todd Gleason, University of Illinois Farm Broadcaster and include:
•Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics
•Tomm Pfitzenmaier, Summit Commodity Brokerage
•Jacquie Voeks, Stewart Peterson
Wednesday, Feb 5th will also feature seminars for Purebred and Show Pig producers and swine youth exhibitors.
For more information about the Illinois Pork Expo visit www.ilpork.com or contact the IPPA office at (217) 529-3100.