The Iowa Pork Producers Association will hold its 13th annual Winter Pork Picnic later this month in downtown Des Moines. The public is invited to the free pork lunch Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Capital Square.

Pork producers from several counties will bring their grills to cook and serve nearly 3,000 pork burgers to the downtown lunch crowd. Pork samples, chips, pop and ice cream also will be served.

The promotion is being held as part of the 39th annual Iowa Pork Congress at the Iowa Events Center to thank the many Iowans who regularly support the state’s pork industry by purchasing and consuming pork.

IPPA will be accepting donations from the public to help feed Iowa’s less fortunate residents. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Food Bank of Iowa.

An additional highlight of the picnic will be the official announcement of the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award for January. The award, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and WHO Radio, with financial support from the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, is presented 10 times annually in memory of long-time farm broadcaster Gary Wergin. Recipients include Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in caring for their neighborhoods, animals and environment and have demonstrated what it means to be a good neighbor. The recipient of the award will be recognized with a plaque and the presentation will be broadcast live on WHO Radio.

Source: IPPA