The Iowa Pork Producers Association will hold its 36th annual Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines Jan. 23-24, 2008, at the Iowa Events Center. Some 500 exhibits from 300 swine-related companies will be on hand.

"Just about anything a pork producer could want or need to make an operation more efficient or successful is available at the Iowa Pork Congress," says John Vossberg, chairman of the IPPA Iowa Pork Congress Committee. "Producers can visit with representatives from equipment manufacturers, feed suppliers, animal-health companies, manure hauling and storage businesses and much more."

The Iowa Pork Congress also includes seminars, of which this year's topics include estate planning, managing input costs, producer health protection, reproduction, sow housing and animal well-being, odor mitigation and recordkeeping. A new feature of the 2008 show is the Demonstration Area in the lower level of Veterans' Auditorium. Some of the guest speakers will conduct hands-on demonstrations for producers on various topics.

More than 5,000 pork producers, allied business partners and students from the Midwest and Canada are expected to attend the 2008 Iowa Pork Congress. IPPA officials recommend that decision makers in farrowing, finishing and seedstock production operations, production employees, veterinarians or anyone with an interest in the swine industry should attend Pork Congress.

IPPA members and non-members can save money when they pre-register to attend Pork Congress. The cost to non-members is just $5 when they register in advance. IPPA members who pre-register receive free admission. Registration at the door is $10. Registration can be completed using the form in the November issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine, or at www.iowaporkcongress.org. As an added bonus, those pre-registering to attend Pork Congress will be entered in drawings for prizes, including Iowa State University men's basketball tickets, hotel stays and more.

For more information, visit www.iowaporkcongress.org or call IPPA at (515) 225-7675 or (800) 372-7675.

Source: Iowa Pork Producers Association