Seeing the pork industry’s newest technologies, participating in business seminars and showing outstanding breeding stock are just a few of the reasons nearly 20,000 people will attend the 2012 World Pork Expo.

Producers, agribusiness representatives and pork industry enthusiasts are making plans to come to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, June 6-8, to participate in WPX — the world’s largest pork-specific trade show. More than 450 commercial exhibitors will display their products and services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7. On Friday, June 8, the trade show hours will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WPX is brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council and features business seminars as well as Pork Academy which the National Pork Board  sponsors. Other events include swine breeding-stock shows and sales, live entertainment and delicious food.

“From the debut of new equipment that improves pig welfare and performance, to well-known entertainers performing at MusicFest, everything is world-class at World Pork Expo,” says R.C. Hunt, NPPC president and pork producer from Wilson, N.C. “The best advice I can share is to carve out more than just one day to take it in,” Hunt says.

Those who pre-register at worldpork.org by Saturday, June 2, will receive a $10 discount off the normal at-the-door admission price of $15, which covers all three days. You also can use vouchers when you register online.

The website has updated details about room availability at the official WPX hotels, which you can find in the “Producer” section. Additional information is available when you connect with WPX on Facebook and follow WPX on Twitter using #NPPCWPX.

You also can get all of the latest 2012 WPX information and news at Pork Network’s own WPX event Resource Center at porknetwork.com.

“There’s so much to see — your family and employees will thoroughly enjoy every minute as they mingle with top pork producers from throughout the world,” Hunt says. “Add in great food and hospitality, and you’ll have a first-rate experience along with outstanding ideas to take back home.”