World Pork Expo sets 25th annual event
DES MOINES – The world’s largest pork-specific trade show, a wide range of educational seminars, breeding-stock shows and sales and succulent pork products await those who attend the 2013 World Pork Expo set from Wednesday through June 7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council, this year’s event marks the Expo’s 25th anniversary.
“World Pork Expo always showcases the latest innovations and information,” said Doug Fricke, director of trade show marketing, NPPC.
In 2012, nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry professionals from 38 countries attended Expo, and organizers expect a similar showing this year.
Last year’s event set records for the number of pigs in the Junior National show.
Attendees will find the latest pork-production technologies, products and services on display by more than 400 U.S. and international commercial exhibitors. The trade show is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thrusday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m on June 7.
This year’s Expo will debut an additional trade-show location – the fairground’s Agriculture Building, located next to the main entry gate and the Big Grill.
High on the list of must-see events are the free business seminars, which take place throughout the day on both Wednesday and Thursday. Seminar topics are designed to provide solutions for on-farm production needs, including marketing options, herd-health protocols, feeding strategies and current issues.
You can glimpse future pork industry leaders at the Junior National swine show, which is hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred. Last year, the show set records with 700 juniors from 26 states exhibiting 2,177 hogs. Rounding out the swine exhibits are the purebred, open-class swine shows, followed by a public sale.
Each day, Expo attendees can head to the Big Grill to enjoy a free pork lunch. Last year, the grill masters served a record-setting 10,000 meals. Adding to the festive atmosphere is MusicFest, a social highlight on Thursday where Expo attendees can relax, enjoy roast pork and refreshments, and listen to live music.
Several pre-Expo tours are being planned to enable producers from other countries to experience Midwestern agriculture – and hospitality – at its finest before the exposition begins.
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