This year marks a special event for the World Pork Expo. This is the 25th anniversary of the event, which will be held June 5 through 7 at the Iowa State Fairground in Des Moines. The Expo is brought to you by the National Pork Producer's Council and is the world's largest pork-specific trade show offers educational seminars, breeding-stock shows and sales, and of course, plenty of pork products.
"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 for NPPC. "This is one year you won't want to miss as the industry celebrates the Expo's 25th anniversary. Now's the time to start your travel plans as official World Pork Expo hotels fill up quickly."
Nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry professionals from 38 countries attended the Expo in 2012, and organizers expect a similar showing this year. Last year's event set records for the number of pigs in the Junior National show and the number of meals served at the Big Grill, and featured a one-time event showcasing the world's largest pork burger.
Over 400 U.S. and international commercial exhibitors will showcase the latest pork-production technologies, products and services at the trade show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Thursday, June 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 7. This year's Expo will debut an additional trade-show location, the Agriculture Building, located next to the main entry gate and the Big Grill.
Free business seminars will take place throughout the day on 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.
The Junior National swine show, hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred, offers a glimpse at future pork industry leaders. Last year, the show set records with 700 juniors from 26 states exhibiting 2,177 hogs. Rounding out the swine exhibits are the purebred, open-class swine shows, followed by a public sale.