The National Pork Producers Council is gearing up for the 25th Anniversary of the World Pork Expo, scheduled for June 5-7, 2013 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
This year, the event will feature swine shows, a sale, live music and a large trade show.
"World Pork Expo always showcases the latest innovations and information, making it the place to be for pork-industry enthusiasts each June," says Doug Fricke, director of trade show marketing, NPPC. "This is one year you won't want to miss as the industry celebrates the Expo's 25th anniversary."
In 2012, nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry professionals from 38 countries attended Expo, and organizers expect a similar showing this year.
Attendees will find new pork-production technologies, products and services on display by more than 400 U.S. and international commercial exhibitors at the Trade Show. The trade show is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 5 and 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 7.
This year's Expo will debut an additional trade-show location – the Agriculture Building, which is located next to the main entry gate and the Big Grill.
Expo will also feature free business seminars, which take place throughout the day on both Wednesday and Thursday. Seminar topics are designed to provide solutions for on-farm production needs, including marketing options, herd-health protocols, feeding strategies and current issues
Also on-site is the Junior National swine show, hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred. Last year, 700 juniors from 26 states exhibited 2,177 hogs.
Rounding out the swine exhibits are the open-class swine shows, followed by a public sale. Attendees may also experience pork meals from the Big Grill and live music at MusicFest.
Online registration will open mid-March at www.worldpork.org. The website also has more information about room availability and transportation options.