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Pork Congress is worth a visit

By Staff | Jan 20, 2020

Each year the Iowa Pork Producers Association holds a remarkable event – the Iowa Pork Congress. For more than four decades it has been a much-anticipated opportunity for pork producers and assorted experts to come together to share views and information about one of the Hawkeye State’s most important industries.

The 2020 Iowa Pork Congress will take place Jan. 22 and 23 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. It has the distinction of being the nation’s largest winter swine conference and trade show.

The Pork Congress will feature an impressive roster of speakers and an impressive collection of exhibitors. The IPPA expects the event to host about of 300 trade-show booths. Typically, many of the exhibitors will be introducing new products or services at this the show. That chance to see what is new and groundbreaking is a major reason for this gathering’s popularity. Companies not only from Iowa but also all across the nation will be on hand to showcase their products. There also will be a significant number of vendors from all around the globe.

Education has always been a big part of the Iowa Pork Congress. The keynote address will be by Andy Curliss, the executive director of the North Carolina Pork Council. Additionally, there will be 10 educational seminars and training sessions on such matters as quality assurance and manure application. Social events and youth activities will once again be highlights of the gathering. Having a bit of fun is always part of the agenda.

“The seminars and presenters that are lined up will provide producers with practical information that can be put in place immediately, as well as outlooks and ideas that can help guide future decision-making for both pig farmers and pork stakeholders,” IPPA President Trent Thiele, a pig farmer from Elma, said in a statement previewing the Congress.

Make plans now to attend what promises to be a one of 2020’s most important pork industry events.

You won’t be disappointed. You’ll learn a lot and have a great time.

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