Iowa and Midwest pork producers are invited to attend the Iowa Pork Congress, a two-day trade show featuring nearly 300 companies, 30 educational opportunities and access to a host of nationally known university swine experts. 

“Excitement is high this year as producers are feeling the positive effects of strong markets,” says John Weber, chairman of IPPA's pork congress committee. “This is a great venue for producers who are interested in upgrading their facilities and seeing the newest products and technologies available.”

The 2006 Iowa Pork Congress will be held Jan. 25-26 at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center, downtown Des Moines. 

A variety of educational opportunities for pork producers will occur throughout the show, including the latest information for controlling porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. A related panel discussion will be moderated by Locke Karriker, DVM,   Iowa State University. Understanding the impact of gilt development will be presented by Don Levis from the University Nebraska.  Also featured will be information on analyzing the financial return on contract production, presented by Bob Morrison, DVM, University of Minnesota. Mike Brumm from the University of Nebraska, will address stocking density. Other educational topics include quality management systems, regulatory compliance, value/added niche marketing and a variety of swine finishing strategies.

Producers can also visit with experts at the PORK Campus, where university specialists will be on hand to offer consultation to producers and answer questions on any production topic. New this year, will be the additions of the National Animal Identification System Premises ID Station and Ventilation Trailer.  The Premises ID Station will allow producers to sign up their premises and have industry representatives answer questions about Animal ID.                
 
The ventilation trailer will provide hands-on demonstrations for attendees on setting fan controllers, adjusting inlets, static pressure effects, and other real-life effects.  The demonstrations will be conducted in a mobile ventilation trailer. 

PORK University, a collection of company-sponsored seminars scheduled throughout the show will feature new products, services and information related to important pork production issues.  PORK University will include the latest in auto-sorting technologies, nutrition information, estate planning and investment considerations and ventilation management.

Preceding the Iowa Pork Congress is the IPPA Annual Meeting, held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the downtown Marriott Hotel.  Producer delegates will review financial reports, committee reports and will consider several resolutions submitted by members, county pork producer organizations and IPPA committees.

Other events throughout the week include the Taste of Elegance, a culinary competition for chefs designed to inspire new and innovative ways to menu pork, held Monday, Jan. 23, and the Iowa Pork Congress Kickoff Reception and Auction held Tuesday evening, Jan. 24.  Master Pork Producers, Master Seedstock Producers and the Pork All-Americans will be recognized during the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet, held Wednesday evening, Jan. 25. 

IPPA members also will serve 2,500 pork burgers to downtown Des Moines workers and residents during the Winter Pork Picnic, a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Iowa.  This event will be held from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. at Capital Square on Wednesday, Jan. 25. 

The 34th  Annual Iowa Pork Congress is an official annual function of the Iowa Pork Producers Association and is open to all pork producers and others interested in the pork industry.  Registration is $5 for IPPA members and $10 for non-members.  Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.   For more information, call IPPA (800) 372-7675 or visit www.iowaporkcongress.org 

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