Mark your calendar for the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4-6, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. It is sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council.
"If you're shopping for new products and technologies, want the latest information on production management, legislative issues and markets, or are looking to exchange ideas with pork producers and other professionals, World Pork Expo is the event for you," says Alicia Newman, World Pork Expo's general manager.
In 2013, nearly 20,000 pork producers, their employees and other professionals from 39 countries attended Expo, and organizers expect similar attendance this year.
Online registration is already open at www.worldpork.org. Register early to secure the discounted admission fee of $5 for an adult (ages 12 and up), which provides entry for the entire Expo — a $10-per-person savings over the on-site fee.
The trade show will feature more than 400 exhibitors. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5. On Friday, June 6, trade show hours run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free educational seminars on Wednesday and Thursday present updates on current management issues and research. Experts discuss topics from animal health and well-being to production management to legislative updates to feeding strategies and more, all designed to provide practical information to take back home.
Business seminars, also scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, address a range of marketing and business strategies and present an opportunity for questions and dialogue.
Live hogs will be on display in the swine barn from June 3-7. The World Pork Expo Junior National, hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred, now ranks among the premier youth shows in the United States.