World Pork Expo offers producers from around the globe the opportunity to experience Midwestern agriculture –- and hospitality -– at its finest. Attendees are invited to arrive in Iowa a few days early and participate in a two-day industry tour on June 7-8 before WPX begins on June 9.

Day 1 begins with a tour of PDI, one of the largest food distribution companies in the country that delivers food to seven Midwestern states. The next two stops include animal-health product distributor IVESCO, and ethanol producer Hawkeye Renewables. Participants will then finish the day at Christensen Farms, one of the top-five largest pork producers in the United States, before the bus returns to Des Moines in the evening.

Day 2 begins with a tour of Kinze Manufacturing, one of Iowa’s largest agricultural equipment manufacturers. Participants will enjoy a home-cooked lunch and full tour of Cinnamon Ridge Farms, a large-scale farming operation in eastern Iowa that boasts 4,000 acres of production crops, wean-to-finish hog buildings, a beef operation and a Jersey cow dairy. The tour will make a final stop for dinner in Iowa’s historic Amana Colonies before the bus returns to Des Moines. Attendees can sign up for the entire tour or a single-day trip. Visit and register under the Events & Activities tab.

When the tour ends, the fun continues as the 2010 World Pork Expo kicks off on June 9 and runs through June 11. WPX is held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.