With the United States serving as the world’s low cost producer of high-quality pork, producers from all over the world will descend on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines June 8-10 for insight into how it is done. Visitors from more than 30 countries have pre-registered to attend World Pork Expo -- the world’s largest pork-specific tradeshow.
“Producers throughout the world come to World Pork Expo to see state-of-the-art pork production and technology,” says Doug Wolf, National Pork Producers Council president, Lancaster, Wis. Hosted by NPPC, the World Pork Expo offers the latest information about pork marketing and management, legislative updates, animal health, environmental topics, and other issues affecting pork production.
“It’s a chance to hear experts present the latest information, then talk with them face-to-face,” adds Wolf. “Attendees can also experience first-hand the new products that are on display, both indoors and out.”
From the more than 450 commercial exhibits to the business seminars and a new product tour, there’s plenty for busy pork producers, their employees and families to learn and do.
R.C. Hunt, NPPC president-elect, Wilson, N.C., advises WPX participants to take in as much as they can and bring family and employees along.
“The best advice I can share regarding World Pork Expo is to carve out more than just one day to take it all in,” says Hunt. “There’s so much to see — the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, the Junior National show, live music, and informative business seminars. Your family and employees will thoroughly enjoy every minute as they mingle with top pork producers from throughout the world.”
Attendees who are not yet registered can register at the gate. The $15-per-person admission price enables an individual to attend the Expo Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“Each year, NPPC hosts World Pork Expo to share industry advancements that help producers improve profitability as they provide safe, nutritious, affordable pork,” says Wolf. “Proceeds from this event, which attracts nearly 20,000 people from countries far and wide, then are used to develop and defend export markets, fight for reasonable legislation and regulation, and inform and educate legislators.”
While at World Pork Expo, attendees can also catch up on the latest techniques and world-leading innovative production equipment. More than 450 commercial exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 10.
The breeding stock sales will continue on Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. until they're completed (at approximately noon).
For more information, visit www.worldpork.org.