The 19th annual World Pork Expo will be held June 7-9, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. As the largest U.S. pork-industry trade show and exhibition, WPX draws pork producers, their staffs, exhibitors and visitors from across the country and around the globe. The National Pork Producers Council presents WPX each year.

“If it has to do with pork production, you’ll find it at World Pork Expo," says Jill Appell, NPPC president and a pork producer from Altona, Ill.

So, what can you expect from this year's WPX? Here's a quick look:

  • Career Center and Job Fair
  • Trade Show specific to pork production
  • Marketing Information Center
  • Employee Care Center
  • Environmental Information Center
  • PORK Academy Educational Seminars
  • Farm Toy Show and Sale
  • Breed Shows and Sales
  • Lunch at the Big Grill on Thursday and Friday
  • World Pork Open Golf Tournament
  • World Pork Open Sporting Clay Tournament
  • And much more

Pork producers are encouraged to make a point of staying around for Friday evening’s hog roast, featuring musical entertainment presented street-dance style on the fairground's Grand Concourse. Entertainers will include Billy Joe Royal, whose hits include “Down in the Boondocks” and “Cherry Hill Park,” and 1960s sensations the Buckinghams, with hits like “Kind of a Drag” and “Hey, Baby, They’re Playin’ Our Song.”

“We’re excited about having yet another successful World Pork Expo,” Appell says. “It’s the best time for pork producers to learn about animal health issues, economic situations that will impact their operations and talk one-on-one with the experts in the pork industry.”

The latest information on entertainment, educational seminars, sponsorship opportunities and more is available online at www.worldpork.org.

Source: National Pork Producers Council