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2014 Iowa Pork Congress set Jan. 22-23

By Staff | Jan 10, 2014

THIS IS AN overview of one of the several trade show floors at the 2013 Iowa Pork Congress. The 2014 event will run Jan. 22 and 23. Hundreds of exhibitors and a slate of seminars await pork producers at the event.

DES MOINES – The Iowa Pork Producers Association will hold the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress on Jan. 22 and 23 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

The nation’s largest winter swine trade show and conference will be held in Hy-Vee Hall with show hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 23.

“The Iowa Pork Congress has established a tradition of excellence over the years and it attracts several thousand producers and others involved in the pork industry, as well as most of the top companies who serve the pork industry,” said IPPA President Greg Lear, a Spencer area producer. “We offer timely and informative seminars facilitated by some of the industry’s leading experts, great social functions and attendees have an array of networking opportunities. It really is a show for anyone who is involved in pork production, including our young swine enthusiasts.”

Nearly 300 Iowa, U.S. and international companies will fill the Hy-Vee Hall trade show floor. Products ranging from equipment and nutrition to genetics and pharmaceuticals will be on display.

Several exhibitors are rolling out new or enhanced products during Pork Congress.

IPPA will welcome attendees to the Pork Information Plaza on the north trade show floor where guests can visit with producer leaders and representatives from the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and other affiliated organizations.

Attendees will again have a wide range of seminars to choose from. An update on what’s happening in Washington, the latest on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, an economic outlook, the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for new farmers are among the scheduled sessions.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy also will be discussed.

Sixth generation farmer and agriculture advocate Trent Loos is the keynote speaker. In “Tell that to the Crunchy Momma,” Loos will address the need to re-educate consumers on modern food production at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22.

Hog farmers also will obtain or renew their PQA Plus and TQA certifications, and a certification session for confinement site manure applicators is again being offered.

“We try to provide the best of everything at Pork Congress, from the trade show to the social events,” Lear added. “This is our 42nd show and with all of the activities we have scheduled, Pork Congress should be another great event for the pork industry.”


Producers can preregister to through Thursday. IPPA members can attend the trade show and conference at no cost by registering by the deadline.

Register at iowaporkcongress.org.

Non-IPPA members can save $5 off of the normal $10 admission cost by registering online by the deadline.

Registrations will be accepted after the deadline through each day of the show, but the cost will be $10.

Pork Congress week will start on Jan. 20 with the annual IPPA Taste of Elegance contest and reception.

The IPPA annual meeting will be held Jan. 21 and the annual Iowa Pork Foundation Kickoff Reception and Auction will take place that evening.

The Pork Congress Banquet is on Jan. 22. The IPPA Youth Swine Judging Contest will be held in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Jan. 23.

For more information, contact IPPA at (800) 372-7675 or visit www.iowaporkcongress.org.

Seminars include:

Jan. 22:

z 9:15 a.am to 10:30 a.m. Iowa regulations and nuisance cases update.

z 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Will dysfunctional Washington ever function?

z 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Managing the margin, an economic outlook.

Jan. 23:

z 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Strengthening Iowa’s commitment to water quality:?The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

z 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Perceptions and reality of food safety and antibiotics.

z 11:45 a.m.to 12:45 a.m. Employee care assistance and the Affordable Care Act.

z 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Connecting the dots for animal health, well-being and productivity.

z 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Social media training.

z 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Farm transitions and beginning farmer opportunities.

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