This marks the 20th year for the World Pork Expo. The National Pork Producers Council will present the annual festivities on June 5-7, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. A major pork-industry trade show and exhibition, WPX draws nearly 30,000 pork producers, exhibitors and visitors nationwide and globally.

NPPC has redesigned the official World Pork Expo Web site, www.worldpork.org, and included online registration for advance admission purchase.

“One of the new things this year involves registration,” says Bryan Black, NPPC president and Ohio pork producer. “Once you register, your name tag serves as your admission pass for all three days of the show. So, if you’ve pre-registered online, you can just pick up your name tags and head on into the show.” You can even have your name tags sent to you in advance. Complete registration details are available at the Web site.

Among 20th anniversary events at WPX, you will find:

  • Marketing InformationCenter
  • Environmental Information Center
  • Educational Seminars
  • Employee CareCenter
  • Farm Toy Show and Sale
  • Breed Shows and Sales
  • Lunch at the Big Grill, daily
  • World Pork Open Golf Tournament
  • World Pork Open Sporting Clay Championship.

Of course, there’s the trade show, which features the industry’s newest as well as tried-and-true products and services.

Make plans to stay Friday evening for musical entertainment presented street-dance style on the Grand Concourse. Entertainment will begin at  with the Street Band, a rock cover band from Webster City, Iowa, followed by the country band Highway 101 with special guest, Sweethearts of the Rodeo. The activities wrap up with headliners, the Broadway Beatles Tribute.

“Today’s economic situation is challenging, but World Pork Expo brings producers the chance to learn about the science, products and partnerships that will help weather these short-term pressures, and have a positive impact on the next 20 years of their business and the industry,” Black says.