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.