President George Bush will attend the upcoming 2002 World Pork Expo Des Moines. The National Pork Producers Council, which sponsors WPX, says the president will speak to pork producers and their guests during a mid-day public appearance on Friday, June 7, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“We’re thrilled to host President Bush and discuss issues important to our industry,” says NPPC President Dave Roper. “On the one-year anniversary of signing the historic tax cut, President Bush will talk about key aspects of his plan for ensuring economic security for all Americans.

“We hope he will outline the benefits of the new Farm Bill and important trade issues pending before Congress. We intend to speak with the president about low hog prices and ways we can work together to return profitability to the marketplace,” Roper adds.

The presidential visit is a first for the World Pork Expo. Other presidents have been invited by never attended the event.

Tickets will be required to attend the Bush speech and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The National Pork Producers Council will activate an informational hotline, (515) 278-5834, on Monday, June 3, to answer general questions about the presidential visit. Gate admission to the 14th annual World Pork Expo is $8 for adults.

For more information about World Pork Expo, visit www.worldpork.org.

National Pork Producers Council news release