DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2014 World Pork Expo is coming to a close, marking the end of another great event.

Over three pork-filled days, an estimated 20,000 pork producers representing more than 30 countries visited the World Pork Expo, held from June 4-6 on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. From business seminars, hospitality tents, trade show and junior swine shows, there was more than enough to keep the crowds happy – and busy.

Here are just a few of the highlights from Thursday’s events:

  • USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks to a crowded room of producers, announcing mandatory PEDv reporting.
  • Harry Snelson with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and Liz Wagstrom with the NPPC look at the lessons the industry has learned from PEDv and the next steps to take.  The seminar was so popular it was standing room only.
  • Pork demand is expected to increase by 50 percent by 2050, and Elanco is working to inspire and encourage producers to meet this demand while freezing or reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.

Click on the slideshow below to check out more from the first day of World Pork Expo, and don’t forget to stop by our booth on Friday – #763 in the Varied Industries Building – to say “hi” to our staff and sign up for our newsletter and/or print issue. You could win a Carhartt jacket!