Educational seminars, a world-class pork-industry trade show and breeding stock exhibits are just a few reasons to attend the 2011 World Pork Expo. The National Pork Producers Council presents WPX, which is scheduled for June 8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

 “Hotel rooms already are going fast, so making travel plans early means you won’t miss out on the chance to stay at one of the official World Pork Expo hotels,” says Doug Fricke, World Pork Expo show manager.

Each year, nearly 20,000 producers and industry professionals attend WPX, the world’s largest pork-specific trade show. More than 450 exhibitors will display the newest products, services and technologies from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 8-9, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 10.

Attendees will find business seminars on profitability, animal health and current issues. Also on site, junior showmen and swine breeders will exhibit some of the best market hogs and breeding animals available. Breeding stock sales will continue on June 11, from 8 a.m. until completed (estimated at noon).

MusicFest will again be the social highlight of WPX, where attendees can enjoy roasted pork and refreshments while listening to live music from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 9.

To receive a $10 World Pork Expo early registration discount and free WPX alerts via e-mail, go to worldpork.org and click on the “Register Now” tab. Hotel information can be found under the “Producer” section. Additional information is available when you connect with World Pork Expo on Facebook and follow World Pork Expo on Twitter (hashtag: @NPPCWPX).