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world pork expo

from staff reports

DES MOINES — The National Pork Producers Council will present World Pork Expo June 3 to June 5 on the Iowa state fairgrounds in Des Moines.

As the largest pork-industry trade show and exhibition in the world, the expo draws thousands of pork producers, exhibitors and visitors from across the country and around the globe.

The expo has moved from a late-week event to mid-week event, as requested by many producers and exhibitors.

"We have gotten a lot of feedback from both producers and exhibitors saying they’d prefer to attend the show on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," said Don Butler, National Pork Producers Council president who works for Murphy-Brown LLC — the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., in North Carolina. "We’re happy that we've been able to move things around to make that happen."

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Expo trade show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Judging for the Great BarBQLossal will continue to be held on Saturday morning.

Musical entertainment will be presented street-dance style on the Grand Concourse on Thursday afternoon and early evening. It will feature Des Moines favorite Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets; national Top 10 country act Confederate Railroad, and 60s great Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders.

"World Pork Expo has always been a place where producers and allied industry can get together to find new ways to improve pork production and to learn about what's going on in the industry from a global standpoint," Butler said. "Given the unprecedented global economic instability, this year’s World Pork Expo will be an especially important opportunity to come together as an industry."

Several events will take place ahead of the expo. A new seminar, "Swine Handling and Transport Forum," will be June 2, at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines. The World Pork Expo Industry Tour is being offered again for international visitors and others interested in getting an in-depth look at the pork industry. Program schedules, cost and online registration can be found at www.worldpork.org.

The World Pork Expo Marketing Information Center in the Varied Industries Building will include sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Thursday on using technology to improve overall profitability.

From noon to 2:30 p.m. both days is an outlook session featuring presentations on the hog market, grain markets and weather and crop growing conditions. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday is a program on the environmental and economic benefits of capturing swine methane.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday is a sow seminar.

The Pork Academy will offer educational sessions each day in Room C of the Varied Industries Building. Speakers will talk about MRSA, euthanasia, marketing, neighbor relations, disaster preparedness, energy costs, labor and feed management.

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Educational seminars will also be offered in the Cattle Barn arena area each day.

The World Pork Expo Junior National runs Tuesday through Saturday. For more information and schedules, visit the Junior National Swine Association Web site at www.nationalswine.com/njsa/njsa.html.

Attendees can register on-line at www.worldpork.org at a reduced cost which will also speed entry into the event.

"Last year’s introduction of on-line registration was a huge success," Butler said. "We encourage producers and visitors to complete their registration on-line to make their entry into World Pork Expo easier."

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