The Iowa Pork Producers Association will hold the 2010 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines Jan. 27-28. The event will be held at the Iowa Events Center. This is the 38th annual conference and tradeshow and all Iowa and Midwest-area pork producers are invited.

"You would be hard-pressed to find a show that offers such a comprehensive array of exhibitors, educational opportunities, youth activities and social events, as well as a diversity of producers, educators, industry professionals and other attendees," said IPPA President John Vossberg, a producer from Janesville. "If it has to do with pork, you'll find it at the 2010 Pork Congress!"

The trade show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Hy-Vee Hall and Veterans' Memorial Auditorium. Hy-Vee Hall is expected to have nearly 300 different companies exhibiting their swine-related products and services during the show.

Seminar topics include risk management, environmental regulations, market forecasts, employee training, alternative production systems and disease prevention. Producers also can attend live demonstrations on swine necropsy and feed efficiency. Certification training sessions on Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance also will be offered at no additional cost to producers.

This year's featured keynote speaker is Michele Payn-Knoper, a professional speaker, agriculture expert and author from Indiana. Her address is titled "Celebrating Agriculture" and she will use a few kick-boxing moves to deliver her message.

IPPA members and non-members can save money by pre-registering for the show by Jan. 20, 2010. The cost to non-members is just $5 when they register in advance. Registration at the door is $10. Attendees are encouraged to register online or by using the form in the November issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine.

Registrations will continue to be accepted after the deadline through each day of the show, but the full $10 admission price will be required.

For more information, call IPPA at (800) 372-7675.

Source: Iowa Pork Producers Association