Nearly 20,000 people will attend the 2012 World Pork Expo put on by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Plans are well underway for this year’s event, which is scheduled for June 6-8 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Starting March 15, people can register to attend by visiting their website. By registering in advance, attendees can receive a $10 World Pork Expo early registration discount and free Expo alerts via e-mail.
“World Pork Expo has become a must-see event for pork producers and allied industry throughout the world,” says Doug Fricke, director of trade show marketing, NPPC. “Interest in this year’s Expo is high, with some of the official World Pork Expo hotels already sold out. It’s never too early to make travel plans and register to attend so you don’t miss out on everything World Pork Expo has to offer.”
Each year, producers and industry professionals make World Pork Expo, the world’s largest pork-specific trade show. Attendees will find business seminars on profitability, animal health and current issues. They can see the newest products, services and technologies offered by more than 450 commercial exhibitors. They will have the opportunity to watch junior showmen and swine breeders exhibit some of the best market hogs and breeding animals available.
The Expo trade show is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 8. The breeding stock sales will continue on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. until they’re completed (at approximately noon).
Once again, MusicFest will be the social highlight of World Pork Expo. From 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Expo attendees can enjoy free roasted pork and refreshments while listening to music performed by live bands.
Several pre-Expo tours are planned so that producers from throughout the world can experience Midwestern agriculture and hospitality at their finest June 4-5.