Are you headed to Des Moines this week for the 44th annual Iowa Pork Congress? The popular event will be held Jan. 27-28 at the Iowa Events Center

  • Weather: Iowa in January is a gamble – in 2014, a polar vortex brought below-zero temperatures across the region; last year, the area saw a warmer-than-usual weather pattern with temperatures in the 50s. This year, those planning to attend the Iowa Pork Congress can expect temperatures in the mid-30s (on 1/27) to low-40s (on 1/28). In addition to being above freezing, no precipitation is expected for the show. However, those driving up on Monday should expect an 80 percent change of a wintery mix. Click here to read more from the local KCCI forecast.
  • Win a Carhartt jacket: Though Mother Nature may be giving pork producers a gift with the break in the weather, those freezing temperatures and blistery conditions aren’t far away. Stay warm this winter with a PORK Network Carhartt jacket – enter for your chance to win one at booth #1006. While you’re there, pick up the latest issue, subscribe to our magazine and/or daily eNewsletters and say “hello” to our staff.
  • Rub elbows with presidential hopefuls: The Iowa Pork Producers Association extended invitations to each of the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. Those candidates able to attend will be give 30 minutes to speak to pork producers and answer audience questions. Read more about the opportunity here.
  • Plenty to see: A trade show, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on both days, will feature 300 Iowa, national and international companies and their products or services. There’s something new to discover around each corner, not to mention giveaways, too. Check out an interactive map of the booths.
  • Plenty to do: Walking the trade show floor can wear you out, so stop by the lower level for a variety of seminars to educate, inspire and update you on a number of topics, including pit foaming, emerging swine health challenges, alternative energy sources and water quality. Interested pork producers can also obtain or renew their PQA Plus, TQA and manure application certifications.
  • Plenty to eat, too: You’ll find a plethora of pork-filled food options at numerous locations at the Iowa Pork Congress. Whether you’re coming alone or bringing the family, there will be someting to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
  • The bottom line: If you touch any aspect of the pork industry, especially in Iowa, plan to visit this great event. It costs just $10 per person for two days of trade show activities, seminars and lots of opportunities to network with other men and women in the pork industry. 

Don’t pass up on the industry’s largest winter swine tradeshow in the country. Find out how to get to the Iowa Events Center or click here for more about the event.