Thousands of pork producers from across the country and worldwide are expected to gather at the National Pork Producers Council's (NPPC) 2010 World Pork Expo, slated for June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA.

The largest pork industry exhibition will showcase the industry's leading new production technologies and feature exhibitors who will discuss industry trends, products and services.

NPPC President Sam Carney, member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association board of directors and a producer from Adair, IA, has attended World Pork Expo for 25 years.

“World Pork Expo is a great opportunity to not only learn from industry experts, but also learn from fellow pork producers. I'm in great company at the World Pork Expo.”

The pork industry's leading influencers, producers, exhibitors and leaders can be found at the trade show, which provides the perfect venue for producers to touch base with current suppliers and visit with new ones.

“Over the years, I've made small improvements in my operation based on recommendations I received from the experts at Expo,” Carney explains. “Their advice has given me the opportunity to use new products, grow a profitable operation and produce a quality product.”

The trade show encompasses international companies and features more than 450 suppliers. World Pork Expo's trade show provides networking and prospecting opportunities and offers the ideal time to sort through new products and services. Domestic and foreign suppliers can engage producers and educate them on their company's product lines.

Seminars offered during Expo provide a great way to get a comprehensive look at everything affecting the market. Industry experts address issues and offer valuable insights regarding the economic forecast and herd health management.

“The pork industry has a great influence on the global market; we sell hogs all over the world,” Carney notes. “As a producer, there may be something I need to change in my operation to improve the industry as a whole, and I may not hear about it until I attend an expert-led seminar at Expo.”

The block party mixes business with pleasure as vendors host dinner for their customers and bands play throughout the evening.

The annual event also features America's Best Genetics Showcase, Farm Toy Show and Sale, National Hog Farmer's New Product Showcase, 2010 Junior National Swine Show, Cruisin' with the Hogs, Pig Races, World Pork Open Clay Target Championship and the World Pork Open Golf Outing.

“I'm looking forward to all of the activities we have going on at the World Pork Expo,” says Carney. “It's not all work and no play. We've got plenty of food, entertainment and top industry information for people of all ages.”

PQA Plus and TQA Certification Offered

The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is partnering with Iowa State University Extension swine specialists and the Pork Checkoff to offer free Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification sessions during World Pork Expo.

The sessions will be offered Thursday, June 10, at the Walnut Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The PQA Plus session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. TQA certification will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each session.

Pre-registration is encouraged as the training will be limited to the first 50 producers to register. Pre-register or obtain more information by contacting IPPA at (515) 225-7675 or tbettin@iowapork.org.

Registration

Attendees can pre-register for World Pork Expo 2010 at www.worldpork.org. Admission is $5 in advance or $15 at the gate.

Seminar Slate

The usual full slate of educational seminars, information centers and events will be offered at the 2010 World Pork Expo, including:

  • Marketing Information Center

  • Educational Seminars

  • Pork Academy presented by the Pork Checkoff

  • Farm Toy Show and Sale

  • Breeding Stock Shows and Sales

  • Lunch at the Big Grill daily

  • World Pork Open Golf Tournament

  • World Pork Open Sporting Clay Championship

  • And much more!

Information about seminars, information centers and other happenings follow (pages 47-50). For updates, visit www.worldpork.org.

Pork Industry Tour

World Pork Expo offers producers from around the globe the opportunity to experience midwestern agriculture — and hospitality — at its finest. Attendees are invited to arrive in Iowa to participate in a two-day industry tour on June 7 and June 8 before World Pork Expo begins on June 9.

Day 1 begins with a tour of PDI, one of the largest food distribution companies in the country, which delivers food to seven midwestern states. The next two stops include animal health product distributor IVESCO and ethanol producer Hawkeye Renewables. Participants will finish the day at Christensen Farms, before returning to Des Moines that evening.

Day 2 begins with a tour of Kinze Manufacturing, one of Iowa's largest agricultural equipment manufacturers. Participants will enjoy a home-cooked lunch and full tour of Cinnamon Ridge Farms, a large-scale farming operation in eastern Iowa, which boasts 4,000 acres of crops, wean-to-finish hog buildings, a beef operation and a Jersey dairy. The tour will make a final stop for dinner in Iowa's historic Amana Colonies before the bus returns to Des Moines.

Attendees can sign up for the entire tour or a single day trip. Visit www.worldpork.org. and register under the Events & Activities tab.

Events and Times

June 9-11, 2010,

Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines.
A full slate of events and a pre-registration form is available at
www.worldpork.org.

Trade Show

Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, June 10, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Varied Industries Building, Cattle Barn, Outdoors (southwest of Varied Industry Building)

At the world's largest pork-specific trade show, a wide array of pork industry products and services will be offered by some 450 exhibitors.

National Hog Farmer New Product Showcase

Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
National Hog Farmer Booth #623
Varied Industries Building

Pork industry innovators have been busy coming up with a variety of new products to help producers save money and improve efficiency. National Hog Farmer is pleased to offer its readers and World Pork Expo attendees an opportunity to learn more about new products and services recently introduced to the pork industry.

A panel of pork industry experts will be taking a close look at the new products on behalf of the magazine's pork producer readers. And you can join the review process, too. Come visit the National Hog Farmer booth #623 in the Varied Industries Building and cast your vote for the most promising new product. By casting your vote, you are automatically entered in a daily prize drawing.

In the meantime, go ahead and get a head start on the new product tour by taking a look at the new product nominations on pages 59-62, also featured on www.NationalHogFarmer.com. National Hog Farmer's New Product Review Panel will share their thoughts in a special feature in the July 15, 2010 issue. And the votes cast by World Pork Expo attendees will select the “producer's choice” new product.

Marketing Information Center

Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Varied Industries Building, Upper Level

The Marketing Information Center offers producers the opportunity to learn about industry trends and outlooks that impact their bottom line.

Underwriting sponsors: National Pork Producers Council, National Pork Board and Pork magazine.

Wednesday, June 9, 9 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

Risk Management for Pork Producers, sponsored by Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)

  • Why risk management is vital for a successful hog operation; developing a marketing plan; hedging with futures and options; educational trading tools for the hog producer with Thomas Clark, associate director, Commodity Products.

Noon to 2:30 p.m. — Lunch — National Pork Board, sponsored by the National Pork Board

  • Weather Outlook, Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University

  • Market Outlook, Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics

Thursday, June 10

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

Risk Management for Pork Producers, sponsored by Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)

  • Why risk management is vital for a successful hog operation; developing a marketing plan; hedging with futures and options; educational trading tools for the hog producer with Thomas Clark, associate director, Commodity Products.

9:45 to 11:30 a.m. — Managing to Eliminate PRRS on the Farm, Tom Burkgren, DVM, American Association of Swine Veterinarians. This session will focus on information related to the control and elimination of porcine reproductive and respiratory (PRRS) virus from farms. Discussion will be led by swine veterinarians and producers who have experiences in stabilizing pig populations to PRRS virus. Information will include examples of groups working on area PRRS projects.

Noon to 2:30 p.m. — Lunch — National Pork Board, sponsored by the National Pork Board

  • Weather Outlook, Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University

  • Market Outlook, Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics

Educational Seminars

Wednesday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Varied Industries Building, Room C

Underwriting sponsors: National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council and Pork magazine

Wednesday, June 9

10 a.m. to noon — Seminars sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

Industry experts will examine costly swine diseases such as porcine circovirus (PCV2) and swine influenza and discuss how producers can battle these diseases.

2-4 p.m. — Role of producers to maintain and expand trade, Karen Stuck, head of the U.S. Codex Office. How international standards can apply to your day-to-day work and if not allowed, how it could result in export market disruptions and closures.

Thursday, June 10

10 to 11 a.m. — Seminar sponsored by Cargill

Swine nutritionists Ken Mooney and Kevin Touchette and pork producer Bob Taubert of New Horizon Farms tell how feed ingredients are like fingerprints, at first glance they appear to look a lot alike, but when closely examined, their unique properties are revealed. Speakers will discuss a proven process that translates available ingredients into nutrient supplies. Join them to learn more about their Optimum value database matched with the AutoCalc system. This exclusive ingredient valuation process exposes the nutrient variation across suppliers of processed grains. Gain confidence and see the difference in animal performance and your bottom line.

1-3 p.m. — Seminar sponsored by APC, Inc.

New Strategies for Pig Performance.

Pork Academy

Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Varied Industries Building, Room D

Underwriting sponsors: National Pork Board/Pork Checkoff

Wednesday, June 9

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. — National Swine Nutrition Guide, Duane Reese, University of Nebraska

10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Capital Availability, Mark Greenwood, AgStar Financial Services

11 to 11:45 a.m. — Challenges We Face on Antibiotics, Jennifer Greiner, DVM, National Pork Producers Council, and Environmental Issues Update, Michael Formica, National Pork Producers Council

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. — Worker Safety, Jim Lummus, National Pork Board

2:15 to 3 p.m. — Contracts, Eldon McAfee, Beving Swanson & Forrest and Jared Hill, Beving, Swanson & Forrest

3 to 3:45 p.m. — Precision Agriculture Comes to Pork Production, Dennis DiPietre, Knowledge Ventures

Thursday, June 10

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Proper Euthanasia Techniques, speaker to be announced

11 to 11:45 a.m. — Feed Costs/Ingredients, Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota

Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Mycotoxins — What We've Learned and What You Need to Know, Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. — Can You Pass the YouTube Test? Getting the Right People in the Barns, Stacy Revels and Jim Lummus, National Pork Board

2:15 to 3 p.m. — Challenges We Face on Antibiotics, Jennifer Greiner, DVM, National Pork Producers Council and Environmental Issue Update, Michael Formica, National Pork Producers Council.

3 to 3:45 p.m. — U.S. Global Position (Imports/Exports), Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University

World Pork Open Clay Target Championships

Thursday, June 10
New Pioneer Gun Club, Waukee, IA

Sponsored by Phibro Animal Health

This five-person team shoot-out has become a “must” for World Pork Expo attendees. Cost is $125 per shooter. For more information, or to register, visit the World Pork Expo Web site at www.worldpork.org.

World Pork Open Golf Tournament

Friday, June 11 (8:30 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. shotgun start)
The Legacy Golf Club, Norwalk, IA.

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, National Pork Board, Phibro Animal Health, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition and IVESCO.

A World Pork Expo favorite! Reservations are being accepted for the first 114 golfers. Cost is a $125 contribution per golfer. Sign up a foursome or register individually. For more information or to register, visit the World Pork Expo Web site at www.worldpork.org. Prizes immediately following golf.

World Pork Expo Industry Tour

Monday, June 7 to Tuesday, June 8
Departing from the Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines

The Pork Industry Tour takes visitors to various industry-related organizations around the state. Participants will tour PDI, IVESCO, Hawkeye Renewables, Christensen Farms, Kinze Manufacturing and Cinnamon Ridge Farms. For more information or to register, visit the World Pork Expo Web site at www.worldpork.org.

World Pork Expo Farm Toy Show and Sale

Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cattle Barn

Featuring the seventh edition World Pork Expo Commemorative Toy Tractor, an Oliver 995 Lugmatic with Utility Loader. This highly detailed 1/16th scale tractor will have authentic paint and decals; the loader will raise and lower, and hydraulic lines will be attached.

The World Pork Expo Farm Toy Show and Sale will be held in the Cattle Barn. Check out the farm toys and memorabilia for sale.

Pig Races

Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cattle Barn — Northeast Corner

The excitement and fun of live racing can be found at Expo. Racing pigs will hoof around a sawdust track at blazing speeds. It will be fun for the entire family as you participate in the pageantry of the Pig Races.

World Pork Expo Merchandise Shop

Wednesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Varied Industries Building, South Foyer

Bring something home for the kids or, better yet, shop for yourself! Exclusive World Pork Expo apparel and merchandise. Something for everyone.

Lunch at the Big Grill

Wednesday, June 9; Thursday, June 10; and Friday, June 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fairgrounds Triangle

Sponsored by Hy-Vee and Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

Enjoy mouthwatering pork at the World Pork Expo Big Grill.

MusicFest

Thursday, June 10, 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Iowa State Fairgrounds Grand Concourse

MusicFest is the social highlight of World Pork Expo and will feature three Pig Pickin' hog roast stations and music from the ‘70s performed by The Classic Rock All Stars, Bryan White's down-home sounds of the country genre and oldies cover band Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets.

World Pork Expo Junior National Swine Show

Tuesday, June 8 through Saturday, June 12
Swine Barn

One of the top youth shows in the nation, the Junior National Swine Show draws more young showmen from across the country. For more information, visit the Junior National Swine Association Web site at www.nationalswine.com.

Tuesday, June 8 Noon — Earliest entries may arrive.

4 to 8 p.m. — Registration and declaration of market-entry weights

Wednesday, June 9, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Registration and declaration of market-entry weights.

9 a.m. — All World Pork Expo Junior National entries must be on grounds.

10:30 a.m. — Showmanship Clinic

11:30 a.m. — Mandatory exhibitor meeting by show ring

Noon — Ring B: Crossbred Barrow Show. Purebred Barrow Shows follow; Ring A: Berkshire, Chester White, Poland China and Spotted

Ring B: Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire

Thursday, June 10

8 a.m. — Showmanship

Ring A: Senior, followed by Intermediate

Ring B: Junior, followed by Novice

1 p.m.: Purebred Gilt Show

Ring A: Berkshire, Chester White, Poland China and Spotted (followed by Crossbred Breeding Gilt Show)

Ring B: Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire.

Friday, June 11

8 to 9:30 a.m. — Judging Contest registration by judging rings

10 a.m. — Judging Contest

12:30 pm. - — Novice Judging Contest

4 p.m. — All World Pork Expo Junior National hogs are released after the Sweepstakes Ceremony, but are encouraged to stay through Saturday for the World Pork Expo Sale.

National Swine Registry/Certified Pedigreed Swine — America's Best Genetics Alley

During trade show hours, Cattle Barn

A showcase of America's most prominent purebred genetic resources provides the opportunity to learn more about the cutting edge of purebred genetics in the United States. America's Best Genetics Alley will host select seedstock suppliers, semen companies and exporting firms that serve as a worldwide resource for production systems of any scale. Producers will learn about genetics dedicated to the improvement of your bottom line — such as lean efficiency, pork quality and lifetime maternal performance — and how comprehensive genetic evaluation, coupled with molecular technology and a verified pedigree structure, can serve as a source for purebred genetic progress.

World Pork Expo Breed Shows and Sales

Wednesday, June 9; Thursday, June 10; Friday, June 11; and Saturday, June 12
Swine Barn

Tuesday, June 8, Noon — Earliest hogs may arrive.

Thursday, June 10, 8 a.m. — All hogs must be on the grounds, check-in and scanning of boars.

Friday, June 11, 7:30 a.m. — Ring A

Crossbred Boar Show, followed by Yorkshire, Landrace, Duroc and Hampshire boars and gilts

9 a.m. — Ring B

Berkshire Show followed by Chester White, Spotted and Poland

Saturday, June 12

9 a.m. — Ring A

Crossbred Boar Sale, followed by crossbred gilts (from WPX Junior National only), Yorkshire, Landrace, Duroc and Hampshire boars and gilts

10 a.m. — Ring B

Berkshire Sale, followed by Chester White, Spotted and Poland.