World Pork Expo offers producers from around the globe the opportunity to experience Midwestern agriculture – and hospitality – at its finest. Attendees are invited to arrive in Iowa a few days early and participate in a two-day industry tour on June 7 and 8 before WPX begins on June 9.

Day 1 begins with a tour of PDI, one of the largest food distribution companies in the country that delivers food to seven Midwestern states. The next two stops include animal-health product distributor IVESCO, and ethanol producer Hawkeye Renewables. Participants will finish the day at Christensen Farms, one of the top five largest pork producers in the United States., before the bus returns to Des Moines that evening.

Day 2 begins with a tour of Kinze Manufacturing, one of Iowa’s largest agricultural equipment manufacturers. Participants will enjoy a home cooked lunch and full tour of Cinnamon Ridge Farms, a large-scale farming operation in Eastern Iowa that boasts 4,000 acres of production crops, wean-to-finish hog buildings, a beef operation and a Jersey cow dairy. The tour will make a final stop for dinner in Iowa’s historic Amana Colonies before the bus returns to Des Moines. Attendees can sign up for the entire tour or a single-day trip. Visit  the WPX website and register under the Events & Activities tab.

When the tour ends, the fun continues as the 2010 World Pork Expo kicks off on June 9 and runs through June 11. WPX is held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. To view a complete list of events and activities going on during WPX, visit the online resource center.

Source: NPPC