Whether you’re looking for products, services or information that makes pork production more efficient and profitable or whether you want to gain a perspective of what consumers expect from your product — pork — the 17th Annual World Pork Expo offers all that and more.

Set for June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, the National Pork Producers Council’s flagship event brings pork producers from across the nation and the world together in one spot. You can expect to find some 500 exhibitors displaying their goods and services within WPX’s trade show floor.

Educational seminars for producers, facilitated by Environmental Management Solutions, an NPPC subsidiary, will take place on Thursday and Friday. The focus is on providing producers with the latest science-based information to run sustainable, environmentally sound pork production businesses.

New to this year’s WPX, Pork magazine and NPPC will present a Marketing Information Center, located within the Varied Industries Building. Throughout the day on Thursday and Friday, experts will discuss a variety of marketing topics that producers are dealing with today. The focus will be on profitability and risk-management issues.

“Pork producers can really benefit from this information,” says Don Buhl, NPPC president. “That’s what World Pork Expo is all about: bringing pork producers together with allied industry to make a stronger, more profitable pork industry for everyone.”

Admission to WPX is $8 per person at the gate or $5 in advance.  Tickets are available by calling (515) 278-8012.

Here’s a look at some of the events scheduled for the 2005 World Pork Expo, June 9-11:      

  • Trade Show: This exhibit is open Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for Saturday, June 11, the hours run 8 a.m. to Noon.
  • Marketing Information Center: Held in the Varied Industries Building Room C from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10.  There is no charge for these sessions and you can attend as your schedule permits.
  • Educational Seminars: Held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Cattle Barn Arena Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10. 
  • Pork Academy: Wednesday, June 8, at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott. The program is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. For more information call the National Pork Board, 800-456-PORK.
  • National Swine Registry 2005 WPX National Junior Swine Association Junior National: This show is for kids showing purebred Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted or Yorkshire hogs. Registration deadline is May 27. For details and registration information, visit  www.nationalswine.com or at the WPX Web site. It offers a $5,000 top premium
  • National Pork Board’s BarBQlossal contest: This will line the streets of the fairgrounds with contestants hoping to win $20,000 in prizes. Judging starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, with prizes awarded at 4 p.m.
  • MusicFest Beach Party: Friday, June 10, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The entertainment will occur on the Grand Concourse, featuring the country band Highway 101, and headliner David Marks with the All Star Beach Band. Marks is an original member of the Beach Boys.
  • WPX Golf Outing: Friday, June 10, at Briarwood Golf Course, Ankeny, Iowa.  Check-in at 8:30 a.m., start at 9:30 a.m. For sign-up information, visit the WPX Web site
  • World Pork Open Sporting Clay Championship: Thursday, June 9, beginning at 2 p.m. at the New Pioneer Gun Club, Waukee, Iowa, a five-person team shoot-out. You can sign up as a team or individual. Visit the WPX Web site for details.