The 2007 Iowa Pork Congress will be held at Hy-Vee Hall in the IowaEventsCenter in Des Moines, Jan. 24-25. Sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the swine symposium offers producers the latest information on production concepts, technology, equipment and services.

“It’s All Here!” is the theme of the 35th annual show. The nation’s largest winter swine trade show will feature nearly 300 companies, including several new exhibitors, 20 educational opportunities and many other events and activities.

Nearly 500 booths will cover the spacious trade show floor and producers will be hard pressed to find so many ag- and swine-related companies under one roof elsewhere. Accounting firms, animal-health companies, barn-cleaning equipment suppliers, construction contractors, feed-related companies and more will have their products and services on display. The Exhibit Hall will be open from to Jan. 24 and Jan. 25.

 A  key component of the two-day show is the valuable educational opportunities available to producers. Industry experts will share new insights in porcine circovirus associated disease and other herd-health issues, animal well-being, sow culling, various regulations, ethanol and distillers dried grains, and specialty pork marketing strategies. Representatives from some of the leading swine-related businesses will discuss new products, systems and practices at PorkUniversity seminars.

The activities kick off Jan. 22 with the IPPA-sponsored Taste of Elegance at the downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. IPPA's Annual Meeting and the Iowa Pork Congress Kickoff Reception and Auction will be held Jan. 23. The Winter Pork Picnic to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa and the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet take place Jan. 24.

The Iowa Pork Congress is open to all pork producers, allied-businesses and others involved in the pork industry. Pre-registration is now underway at a per-person cost of $4. Pre-registration can be completed at www.iowaporkcongress.org Those that register early will be eligible for prize drawings, such as ethanol certificates from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and single doses of Suvaxyn® PCV-2 vaccine from Fort Dodge Animal Health. Online pre-registration will end Jan. 18, 2007. Mail-in pre-registrations will be accepted until Jan. 8, 2007.

For more information, call IPPA at (800) 372-7675 or visit www.iowaporkcongress.org for exhibitor and seminar information, driving directions, maps and hotel information.

  Source: Iowa Pork Producers Association