The Iowa Pork Producers Association announces the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress Jan. 25 and 26 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

The nation’s largest winter swine tradeshow and conference will be held in Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center, as well as the Polk County Convention Complex. Pork Congress hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

The Iowa Pork Foundation’s annual Kickoff Reception and Auction will be held at Hy-Vee Hall Jan. 24 and the IPPA Youth Swine Judging contest will be held at the county convention complex Jan. 26.

“We believe the Iowa Pork Congress is one of the most comprehensive swine conventions anyone associated with the pork industry could attend,” said IPPA President Leon Sheets, a producer from Ionia. “The educational opportunities are phenomenal and the tradeshow has probably the largest collection of swine-related vendors anywhere. With the various social events, youth activities and networking opportunities, the Iowa Pork Congress literally has something for everyone.”

Attendees will find nearly everything needed to run a successful hog business at the tradeshow. Feed, swine genetics, building construction, equipment and animal health are among the products and services marketed by the nearly 300 companies participating. IPPA will again welcome attendees to the Pork Information Plaza where guests can visit with IPPA producer leaders and representatives from the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and other affiliated organizations.

The seminars and educational opportunities will likely be another popular draw for attendees. Topics of the nearly dozen sessions include PPRS, swine diets, animal well-being and regulations and nuisance case update. Wes Jamison, associate professor of communication at Palm Beach Atlantic. University, will discuss the animal welfare movement in the keynote address.

“Things are always changing in pork production and the seminars we offer will help keep producers in the know,” said IPPA Iowa Pork Congress Committee Chairman Don Toale, a pork producer from Independence. “Our goal is always to bring in the industry’s leading experts to present our seminars and provide the latest information available on the topics of greatest interest to producers.”

Pork Congress offers something for everyone and pork producers, pig handlers, allied business representatives and high school and college students are encouraged to attend. Decision makers in farrowing, finishing and seedstock production, production employees, veterinarians or anyone with an interest in the swine industry will gain valuable insight by attending the event.

Registration

Registration is currently open for the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress.

The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 16, and IPPA members can attend the tradeshow and conference at no cost by registering early. Interested persons can register now at iowaporkcongress.org or by using the form in the November issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine.

IPPA members can attend at no charge by registering online or by completing and submitting the form by the deadline. Non-IPPA members can save $5 off of the normal $10 admission cost by registering online by the deadline. Registrations will be accepted after the deadline through each day of the show, but the cost will be $10.

Those who pre-register can avoid lines and quickly pick up their pre-printed name badge and credentials at the Pre-registration desk the day of the show.

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

Source: IPPA