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Plan to attend Pork Congress

By Staff | Jan 21, 2011

For nearly four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Iowa Pork Congress has been a symposium where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an industry that has long been vital to the Iowa economy.

The 39th annual incarnation of this very popular event is in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center as well as the Polk County Convention Complex. It will be in full swing Wednesday and Thursday. In recent years attendance has hovered around 5,000.

Once again this year, the show will feature an impressive roster of speakers and an appealing array of exhibitors. There will be in the neighborhood of 300 trade-show booths according to the IPPA. It is expected that about 20 of the exhibitors will be introducing new products or services at this year’s show. Organizers say the Pork Congress is the nation’s largest winter swine trade show.

The appeal of this event is in part its educational component. Iowa Pork Congress Committee Chairman Don Toale, a pork producer from Independence, is enthusiastic about the seminars and demonstrations that will be featured.

“IPPA staff always tries to cover the most pressing issues in pork production by offering seminars that address those issues,” Toale said. “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.”

For more information about the congress visit www.iowaporkcongress.org on the Web.

Make plans now to attend what promises to be a super event. You won’t be disappointed.

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