The U.S. pork industry’s newest technologies, outstanding breeding stock and educational seminars are major features at the 2011 World Pork Expo, scheduled for June 8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Each year, nearly 20,000 producers and industry professionals attend Expo, the world's largest pork-specific trade show. Attendees will find business seminars on profitability, animal health and current issues. They can see the newest products, services and technologies offered by some 450 commercial exhibitors.

“Not only is World Pork Expo a must-see for swine-industry enthusiasts, but it also is one of the premier events in Iowa,” says Doug Fricke, World Pork Expo show manager. “Hotel rooms already are going fast, so making travel plans early means you won’t miss out on the chance to stay at one of the official World Pork Expo hotels.”

The Expo trade show is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 10.

Once again, MusicFest will be the social highlight of World Pork Expo. From 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Expo attendees can enjoy roasted pork and refreshments while enjoying music performed by live bands.

Several pre-Expo tours are planned so that producers from throughout the world can experience Midwestern agriculture – and hospitality – at its finest. By popular demand, the tour, planned for June 6-7, will feature a stop at Cinnamon Ridge Farms in eastern Iowa.

To receive a $10 World Pork Expo early registration discount and free Expo alerts via e-mail, go to www.worldpork.org  and click on the “Register Now” tab. The website also has the latest details about room availability at the official Expo hotels in its “Producer” section.

World Pork Expo is produced by the National Pork Producers Council, the global voice for the U.S. pork industry. Visit NPPC’s website at http://www.nppc.org.