DES MOINES, Iowa — The 2014 World Pork Expo will be June 4-6 at
the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
The expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade
show, educational seminars, swine shows and sales.
“If you’re shopping for new products and technologies, want
the latest information on production management, legislative issues and markets
or are looking to exchange ideas with pork producers and other professionals,
World Pork Expo is the event for you,” said Alicia Newman, expo general manager.
“But don’t delay. Hotels fill up quickly, so start making plans today.”
In 2013, nearly 20,000 pork producers, their employees and
other professionals from 39 countries attended the expo, and organizers expect
similar attendance this year.
Online registration already is open. Go to www.worldpork.org.
Register early to secure the discounted admission fee of $5
for an adult, age 12 and up, which provides entry for the entire expo — a
$10-per-person savings over the onsite fee.
The trade show featuring more than 400 exhibitors from around the globe
always is a highlight of the expo. Producers can stroll through more than
310,000 square feet of exhibit space to view the newest products, services and
technologies available to pork production businesses today.
The trade show is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 and 5
and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6.
Free educational seminars on June 4 and 5 present updates on
current management issues and research. Business seminars, also scheduled for
June 4 and 5, address a range of marketing and business strategies and present
an opportunity for questions and dialogue.
Live hogs will be on display in the swine barn June 3 to 7.
The ever-growing World Pork Expo Junior National, hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and
Team Purebred , now
ranks among the premier youth shows in the U.S.
In 2013, a record 1,600 pigs were exhibited by 678 juniors
from 26 states. More details about show rules and entries are available at
NJSA’s website .
Also at expo, swine breeding stock from throughout the
nation will compete in the purebred, open shows. Last year, more than 200
exhibitors competed for top honors with nearly 600 hogs.
Breeding stock sales are held from 8 a.m. until completion,
around noon, June 7.
MusicFest, scheduled for the afternoon of June 5, has
evolved into the social highlight of expo.
It wouldn’t be World Pork Expo without the Big Grill, and
during each of event’s three days, attendees can stop by for a free lunch of
pork. Manned by the Tama County Pork Producers Association from Iowa, the Big
Grill serves up some 10,000 pork lunches each year.
“World Pork Expo offers something for everyone. It’s a great
place to connect with fellow pork producers and compare notes,” said Randy
Spronk, NPPC president and pork producer from Edgerton, Minn.
More information is available by connecting with the World
Pork Expo on Facebook, following the expo on Twitter at #NPPCWPX and downloading
the free mobile app by searching for “World Pork” in the Apple Store, Android
Market or Blackberry’s App World.