The Pork Producers' Business District will be a high-priority stop for those attending the 1999 World Pork Expo. The proprietors of the main street storefronts will be on hand to discuss key business management issues, strategic planning principles, study your financial needs, review recordkeeping options, check current hog and grain markets, or simply update your pork production reference library. Private, one-on-one discussions can take place in the two-room conference center set aside for Business Partners' staffs. Or, take a break in the District's new Central Park.

Look for the Business District in Block 2820 of the Cattle Barn on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. These Business Partners will be available to help set a course for your pork business success:

National Hog Farmer The business magazine of the pork industry for over 40 years, National Hog Farmer invites you to stop by our storefront to pick up copies of the NEW "World Pork Expo Product Showcase," the May "State of the Pork Industry" issue and the Spring Blueprint - "Quality Assured Pork." Stop by to visit with the staff or sign up for a free subscription.

The National Pork Producers Council The National Pork Producers Council will showcase the National Swine Database, the centerpiece of the Pork Information Center. The database will house a collection of standardized production and financial data contributed by producers using the new NPPC production and financial standards. Witness how data is entered into the database, utilized to perform benchmarking as well as other production and cost analysis. The database will enable pork producers to address new tools NPPC will develop to help producers create profits in the times ahead.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange The Chicago Mercantile Exchange storefront will be staffed by seasoned veterans of the futures market available to discuss any phase of the Lean Hog futures or options market.

And, these references will be available: "The Futures Are In Lean Hogs," a brochure that tells about the new CME Lean Hog futures and options contracts; plus a brochure, "A Self-Study Guide to Forward Pricing Livestock Futures & Options."

Options are fast becoming a producer favorite, risk-management tool. This booklet will help you learn how to effectively use Lean Hog options.

A DTN machine will be on hand so producers can keep tabs on the hog and grain markets and, of course, the weather back home.

PigCHAMP The overwhelming choice by pork producers for swine recordkeeping software for more than 15 years, PigCHAMP invites Pork Expo attendees to stop by our store front.

Featured at the PigCHAMP booth for producers:

* Free copies of the "1999 PigCHAMP DataSHARE Farms Summary;"

* Special Cash & Carry prices for software purchased and picked up at the World Pork Expo;

* PigCHAMP developers and technicians are available for software discussion and data analysis;

* PigCHAMP DataSHARE "Top Performing Farms" award winners; and

* New "Computer-Based Interactive" PigCHAMP training on CD ROM.

In addition, other events will coincide with the World Pork Expo activities including PigCHAMP education classes and Top Performing Farm award banquet. Call (612) 624-7425 for details.

AgriSolutions AgriSolutions will feature financial education programs, accounting, tax services, software and consulting services. All are specifically designed to improve financial management, performance and profitability of your hog operation.

AgriSolutions works closely with agricultural lenders, commodity groups and other pork industry alliances.

Farm Credit Services Experienced professionals from Farm Credit Services will be available to discuss financial needs with producers. Personnel will be available to evaluate your operation against industry trends, standards and other benchmarks. It is essential that producers maintain key strategic alliances that can facilitate improved industry positioning and financial performance. Farm Credit Services understands the value of this and will be available to discuss these issues on a confidential basis. Farm Credit personnel will also discuss:

* Assessing marketing contracts;

* Using a "systems" approach;

* Comparing to industry benchmarks;

* Risk management concepts; and

* Industry trends, forecasts.