Editor's note: Don't forget to stop by the PorkNetwork booth - #1105 - at the Iowa Pork Congress. PorkNetwork will also be sponsoring a seminar looking at showing transparency through social media and farm tourism, presented by Erin Brenneman and Jon Hoek.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) will hold the 2015 Iowa Pork Congress on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

The nation’s largest winter swine tradeshow and conference will be held in Hy-Vee Hall with show hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 29.

At least 281 different companies covering all facets of the pork industry will be represented at the tradeshow in more than 530 booth spaces. Several companies will be introducing new offerings to the marketplace during the show.

IPPA will welcome attendees to the Pork Information Plaza on the north tradeshow floor where guests can visit with Iowa’s producer leaders and representatives from the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and other affiliated organizations.

Damian Mason, known as “Agriculture’s Professional Funny Man,” will deliver the keynote presentation on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. He will call on his sharp wit and intelligent humor in discussing modern ag trends, challenges and what lies ahead in telling farming’s story. Mason, the owner/operator of a beef, grain, and hay farm, has addressed more than 1,600 audiences in all 50 states and eight foreign countries.

Attendees will be able to expand their pork producing knowledge at any of the several business seminars that will be offered at Pork Congress. Sessions on Iowa regulations and nuisance cases, PEDv, pit foaming, economic forecasts, policy and more will be facilitated by some of the industry’s best sources.

IPPA has made arrangements to show Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary “Farmland” on Jan. 29. The film takes viewers inside the world of farming and the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their twenties.

Hog farmers also will be able to obtain or renew their PQA Plus and TQA certifications, and a certification session for confinement site manure applicators is being offered.

IPPA is excited to host its 7th annual Youth Swine Judging Contest on Jan. 29 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA members from around Iowa are expected to journey to Des Moines to learn more about pork production, compete for valuable scholarships and attend the tradeshow.

Registration
Producers can pre-register to attend Pork Congress through Jan. 9, 2015. IPPA members can attend the tradeshow and conference at no cost by registering by the deadline. Register atwww.iowaporkcongress.org or by using the form in the November issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine.

Non-IPPA members can save $5 off of the normal $10 admission cost by registering online by the deadline. Registrations will be accepted after the deadline through each day of the show, but the cost will be $10.
 

The week’s activities begin on Jan. 26 with the annual IPPA Taste of Elegance contest and reception. The IPPA Annual Meeting will be held on Jan. 27, followed by the annual Kickoff Reception and Auction. The Pork Congress Banquet is on Wednesday evening.