Perhaps you’re looking for products, services or information that makes pork production more efficient and profitable; or maybe you want to gain a perspective of what consumers expect from your product — pork. Regardless of your goals, the 18th Annual World Pork Expo offers a pork industry treasure trove of answers and insights.

Set for June 8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, the National Pork Producers Council’s flagship event draws pork producers from across the globe to one spot. You will find some 500 companies exhibit their goods and services within WPX’s trade show floor.

Entrance tickets are $8 per person at the gate, but can be purchased in advance for $5 each by calling (515) 278-8012 or on the WPX Web site at www.worldpork.org.

New this year is the Environmental Information Center, and the Job Fair and Career Center, both will be housed in the Varied Industries Building. The Environmental Information Center will offer information on capturing crop-nutrient values of production byproducts, as well as providing experts to talk about environmental reporting requirements. The Job Fair and Career Center will help employees find quality job opportunities with employers who need effective workers.

Here’s a look at some of the other events on hand at the 2006 WPX:    

  • Trade Show: Thursday, June 8, and Friday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Saturday, June 11, the hours run from 8 a.m. to Noon.
  • Marketing Information Center: Varied Industries Building, June 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can attend any or all sessions.
  • Environmental Information Center: Varied Industries Building, June 8-9, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Pork Industry Job Fair and Career Center: Varied Industries Building, June 8-9, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Educational Seminars: Held in the Cattle Barn Arena, June 8-9, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • WPX Swine Show and Sale: June 9-10, Swine Barn and Sheep Barn. For details and registration information, visit www.nationalswine.com or the WPX Web site.
  • National Swine Registry 2006 WPX National Junior Swine Association Junior National: June 7-8, Swine Barn: This show is for kids showing purebred Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted or Yorkshire hogs. For details and registration information, visit  www.nationalswine.com or go to the WPX Web site.
  • National Pork Board’s BarBQlossal contest: Contestants vying for $39,000 in prizes will line the streets of the fairgrounds. Judging starts at 11 a.m. on June 10, prizes are awarded at 3:30 p.m.
  • MusicFest: This free event is June 9, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Grand Concourse, featuring Exile, whose No. 1 hit, “Kiss You All Over,” topped the pop charts in the 1970s. Headliner: The Grass Roots will perform its hits from the 1960s and 1970s, including “Midnight Confessions,” “Temptation Eyes” and “Sooner or Later.”
  • WPX Golf Outing: June 9, at Briarwood Golf Course, Ankeny, Iowa. Check-in at 8:30 a.m., start at 9:30 a.m. Sign-up on the WPX Web site.
  • World Pork Open Sporting Clay Championship: June 8, Noon at the New Pioneer Gun Club, Waukee, Iowa, five-person team shoot-out. Sign up as a team or individual on the WPX Web site.