The Expo is known for its numerous pork products. Each day, attendees can visit the Big Grill to enjoy a free pork lunch. Last year, the grill masters served a record-setting 10,000 meals.
Thursday afternoon, MusicFest gives attendees a chance to relax, enjoy roast pork and refreshments, and listen to live music.
Online registration is open at the World Pork Expo website. The website also has the latest details about room availability at the official Expo hotels in its "Hotel/Transportation" section. More information is available from World Pork Expo on Facebook, Twitter (#NPPCWPX) or the official app available in the Apple Store, Android Market or Blackberry's App World.
Before the Expo
NPPC is offering two tours for visitors who want a first-hand look at Midwest agriculture before the Expo starts. A two-day tour June 3 through 4 is underwritten by the Illinois Soybean Association, and will display the diversity of U.S. agriculture, from crops to livestock and shipping to agribusiness. The one-day tour, on June 4, will feature the agricultural areas in and around Des Moines. Both include meals on tour days, and free admission to World Pork Expo.
"While there's no shortage of things to see at World Pork Expo, these tours offer an opportunity to gain a more intimate look at Iowa and U.S. agriculture, which is particularly valuable for guests from other countries," says Greg Thornton, NPPC director of producer services. "Tour attendees will be able to visit with farmers and agribusiness experts face to face, and gain real-world perspectives to take back home."
The chance to expand global interaction is what makes the Expo and tours unique, says Randy Spronk, NPPC president and pork producer from Pipestone, Minnesota.
"U.S. pork producers have directly experienced the impact of an expanding and interconnected global market," he says. "It's to everyone's benefit to exchange ideas and learn from each other."
Early registrants receive a discounted tour rate. For the one-day Agribusiness Tour, the cost is $125 per person if registered by May 1, and $150 after. Fee for the two-day, Midwest Agriculture Tour, which includes hotel accommodations on Monday evening, is $300 per person by May 1, and $350 after.
To register for the tours, visit the Expo's website and click on the red registration button. For more details, click on the "Producer" tab at the website, then select "Industry Tour" from the "Events & Activities" pull-down menu, or contact Thornton at Thorntong@nppc.org or 515-278-8012.