JoAnn Alumbaugh
JoAnn Alumbaugh

Editor's Note: The following article was originally featured in our May issue of PorkNetwork. Click here to read more articles.

Where else but World Pork Expo can you see the latest developments in technology, hear industry leaders speak on current topics, visit with fellow producers, watch competitors both young and old show breeding stock and market pigs, and excite your taste buds with some of the best pork in the world?

Early next month, producers and allied industry partners will converge on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa for the World Pork Expo. The premier industry event brings about 20,000 people from nearly 40 countries to Des Moines, making it the largest pork-specific show in the world.

With more than 400 trade show exhibits, attendees have access to the newest equipment, genetics, animal health innovations and countless other pork-related products and services. Updates from pork industry leaders and researchers provide current information on issues like Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus and exports. Educational seminars cover a wide range of topics including animal wellbeing, business and environmental management, market updates, production efficiencies and much more.

In addition, World Pork Expo is a showcase for youth. Hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred, visitors can expect to see more than 700 youth exhibitors from throughout the country compete for top prizes. There also is a judging contest and other educational youth activities.

These highlights only touch the surface of what visitors to World Pork Expo can experience so be sure to read more on the following pages, and pick up one of our handy World Pork Expo Pocket Guides when you arrive at the show.

Each year, the World Pork Expo exceeds previous offerings with more benefits and highlights for attendees, not to mention samples of delicious pork offerings at multiple locations.

The 2014 show will likely set a new standard and we will look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to stop by the PorkNetwork booth in the Varied Industries Building and say hello. We’ll be on the south side near the middle door, booth number 763.