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2015 Pork Congress set Jan. 28-29

By Staff | Jan 17, 2015

ONE OF THE several trade show floors at the annual Iowa Pork Congress fills with visitors and exhibitors moments after the doors opened on the first day of the two-day event. The 2015 sow is set for Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at the Iowa evens Center in Des Moines.

DES MOINES – The Iowa Pork Producers Association will hold the 2015 Iowa Pork Congress on Jan. 28 and 29 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. 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 29.

“The Iowa Pork Producers Association works hard every year to present the best show possible and the fact that it draws from such a wide area of the Midwest is a testament to the quality of the show,” said IPPA President Jamie Schmidt, a Garner hog farmer. “You’d be hard pressed to find what the Iowa Pork Congress offers anywhere else.”

At least 281 different companies covering all facets of the pork industry will be represented at the trade show in more than 530 booth spaces.

Iowa’s status as the leading pork producing state in the U.S. is recognized by companies worldwide and the exhibitor list includes many international firms that market products and services of interest to pork producers. Several companies will be introducing new offerings to the marketplace during the show.

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

Damian Mason, known as “Agriculture’s Professional Funny Man,” will deliver the keynote presentation on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

He will call on his sharp wit and intelligent humor in discussing modern ag trends, challenges and what lies ahead in telling farming’s story.

Mason, the owner/operator of a beef, grain, and hay farm, has addressed more than 1,600 audiences in all 50 states and eight foreign countries.

Attendees will be able to expand their pork producing knowledge at any of the several business seminars that will be offered at Pork Congress.

Sessions on Iowa regulations and nuisance cases, PEDv, pit foaming, economic forecasts, policy and more will be facilitated by some of the industry’s best sources.

IPPA has made arrangements to show Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary “Farmland” on Jan. 29.

The film takes viewers inside the world of farming and the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their twenties.

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

IPPA is excited to host its 7th annual Youth Swine Judging Contest on Jan. 29 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA members from around Iowa are expected to journey to Des Moines to learn more about pork production, compete for valuable scholarships and attend the trade show.

“Despite the industry’s disease challenges, 2014 has been a pretty good year for most everyone associated with pork and we hope that producers can attend the show and get 2015 off to a great start,” Schmidt said.

The week’s activities begin on Jan. 26 with the annual IPPA Taste of Elegance contest and reception.

The IPPA Annual Meeting will be held on Jan. 27, followed by the annual Kickoff Reception and Auction. The Pork Congress Banquet that evening.

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

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