The 2011 Iowa Pork Congress will be held Jan. 26 and 27, in Des Moines’ 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. 26 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27.

The Iowa Pork Foundation’s annual Kickoff Reception and Auction will be held at Hy-Vee Hall Jan. 25 and the IPPA Youth Swine Judging contest will be held at the county convention complex Jan. 27.

“This is one of the largest and best swine events of the year and if you’re involved in pork production in any way, shape or form in Iowa or any other Midwest state, you really need to attend,” said IPPA President John Weber, a producer from Dysart. “The tradeshow has it all and the wide variety of seminars that are offered provides excellent educational opportunities. The social events, the youth activities and the networking possibilities make Iowa Pork Congress a can’t-miss event.”

While the tradeshow and its 300 exhibitors is a major draw for many of the nearly 5,000 annual attendees, the seminars that are offered at no additional cost also are a key attraction.

“IPPA staff always tries to cover the most pressing issues in pork production by offering seminars that address those issues,” said IPPA Iowa Pork Congress Committee Chairman Don Toale, a pork producer from Independence. “We bring in the most knowledgeable speakers to facilitate these sessions because we feel it’s very important to keep those involved in the pork industry informed.”

Some of the seminar topics include environmental regulations, legislative issues, foreign trade, genetics and PRRS. Iowan Jolene Brown will present the keynote address titled “When Pigs Fly.” Producers also can attend PQA Plus and TQA certification sessions.

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 is currently open for the event. The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 14, and IPPA members can attend the tradeshow and conference at no cost by registering early. Interested persons can register now ,

Non-IPPA members can save $5 off 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 their website.

Source: IPPA