A look at some of the many vendors at the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress
A look at some of the many vendors at the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress

DES MOINES, Iowa – Hog farmers and industry representatives from across the country – and world – gathered this week at the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, presented by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Held Jan. 22-23 in Des Moines, Iowa, the Iowa Pork Congress wrapped up its 42nd event.

From seminars and certification training sessions to hundreds of trade show exhibitors, attendees were kept busy at the 42nd annual Iowa Pork Congress

Some of the many activities included:

  • Keynote presentation from Trent Loos, “Tell that to the Crunchy Momma,” encouraged producers to stand up and fight back against these so-called "Crunchy Moms" who misrepresent how the majority of American consumers feel
  • Seminars discussing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy,  dysfunctional Washington, food safety, employer care assistance, the Affordable Care Act, and more
  • Update on Iowa regulations and nuisance cases
  • PQA Plus, TQA training sessions
  • Producer recognition, including 12 pork producers selected by their peers for excellence in pork production

According to facts provided by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the show annually attracts roughly 5,000 visitors and is considered the largest winter swine trade show in the country. Click here to learn more about this year’s Iowa Pork Congress.

PorkNetwork staff were on hand to cover the event, providing regular updates on social media, including Facebook and Instagram and will offer follow-up coverage of seminars in upcoming articles.