The 28th annual World Pork Expo kicked off today at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, national youth swine shows, open shows and sales, as well as tasty grilled pork and more. Producers, exhibitors and media from approximately 48 countries are expected at this year's event, which runs through June 10.
“For anyone interested in pork production, World Pork Expo offers a well-rounded experience. There are seminars where you can hear about the latest research, shop the trade show to see what’s new and network with fellow pork producers,” said NPPC president John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “Expo is a great place to recharge your engine and return home with new ideas.”
Weber encouraged attendees to stop by the NPPC booth or hospitality tent to visit with the staff and leadership who advocate for pork businesses every day. “It’s an opportunity to learn about what’s been achieved and what lies ahead,” he added.
The trade show is the centerpiece of the expo, giving pork producers a one-stop venue to compare products, services and technologies from hundreds of companies based in North America, Asia and Europe.
“The outdoor exhibit space has been expanded, and there are more hospitality tents this year, so there’s even more to explore,” said Sheila Warrick, general manager of the expo. “Attendees should be sure to allow enough time to see everything that expo has to offer.”
Something for everyone
Every year, the World Pork Expo provides pork producers with the most up-to-date information. Specifically, the expo hosts seminars to address business management, production technologies and future developments affecting pork producers.
“There’s certainly something for everyone, and we want every attendee to walk away from expo with insights that are useful and beneficial to them,” Warrick said.
Stay up to date on all of the events and activities by connecting with the World Pork Expo on Facebook, follow Expo on Twitter (#WPX16) and download the free mobile app by searching “World Pork” in the Apple Store, Android Market or Blackberry’s App World.
Another big show for the Junior National
The World Pork Expo Junior National is ranked among the nation’s premier youth swine shows. This year, a record 1,290 youth from 32 states will participate in a variety of events, including a Skillathon, judging contests, certification programs and live hog shows. Hosted by the National Junior Swine Assn. and Team Purebred, the Expo Junior National began June 6, with events and shows running through June 10. All activities will take place in the Swine Barn. As a special feature, classes in one of the two show rings will be live-cast as well as recorded for future viewing.
Total entries for both the Junior National and the open shows are projected to display 3,800 hogs, up slightly from the 2015 level of 3,200 hogs.
“What a tremendous show,” said Weber. “It’s really a highlight of this expo to see young people taking part in the industry and their enthusiasm for pork and producing quality pork.”