The 2019 World Pork Expo on June 5-7 will deliver three days of education, innovation and networking for pork professionals from across the U.S. and the world. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council, the expo is home to the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, with indoor and outdoor exhibits displayed throughout the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
Each year more than 20,000 pork producers and representatives visit World Pork Expo to attend educational seminars; learn about the latest products, services and technology within the trade show; and share ideas and perspectives with their peers.
“The expo has something for everyone, regardless of your operation’s size or whether you’re an owner, grower, employee, veterinarian or allied industry representative. All aspects of the pork production cycle are presented at the expo,” says David Herring, NPPC president. “It’s a great place to see what’s new, discover opportunities and connect with other pork professionals.”
What’s new in technology
The expo’s crown jewel is its vast trade show, where more than 500 U.S. and international companies display products and services, including animal health, nutrition, building and equipment, finance, marketing and genetics. The Jacobson Exhibition Center (JEC) will return this year, combining with the Varied Industries Building (VIB) and outdoor displays to present more than 360,000 square feet of exhibit space.
“Exhibitor interest continues to build, and we plan to expand the outdoor exhibits in the space between the VIB and JEC,” says Doug Fricke, director of trade show marketing for NPPC.
The three days of the expo are packed with events and activities from educational seminars to live-hog shows to business meetings to music and plenty of tasty, grilled pork.
Free educational seminars
Always high on this list are the nearly two dozen free educational and informational seminars that address innovative production and management strategies, as well as current issues, topics and trends that producers face on and off the farm. The Pork Academy and Business Seminars will run throughout the day June 5-6.
The World Pork Expo Junior National, hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred, kicks off expo week with activities on June 3. In its 16 years, the Junior National has grown into one of the nation’s largest youth hog shows. Organizers report that 1,500 exhibitors from 32 states and 3,500 hogs are expected for this year’s show.
Swine shows and sales
On June 7, the open show presented by the National Swine Registry, features hundreds of crossbred and purebred boars and gilts from throughout the U.S. A breeding stock sale rounds out the live-hog events on the morning of June 8.
A two-day, Midwest Agricultural tour takes place ahead of the expo, beginning the morning of June 3 through June 4. Participants will travel across Iowa into Illinois and Indiana for a firsthand look at crop and pork production, farm equipment manufacturing, and commodity shipping.
“The expo is truly an industry-wide event and reflects the vitality of U.S. pork production,” Herring says. “As individuals make plans to attend this year’s expo, I want to reinforce the importance that biosecurity measures play on our farms every day, and that we need to take the necessary precautions anytime we leave and return to our herds.”
Preregistration is available online and offers a discounted rate of $10 per adult (ages 12 and up) and $1 for children, 6 to 11 years old. Onsite registration will be $20 per adult. There is a special Friday-only option for $10.