The 2012 World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines did a comprehensive job of highlighting all facets of the business of pork production. While companies were displaying new technology for owner/operators on the trade show floor, the next generation of young pork producers were showing a record number of entries in the World Pork Expo Junior National Show on the other side of the fairgrounds. The World Pork Expo Open Show also attracted some of the best purebred genetics suppliers in the country.
Hog prices have been disappointing of late, not reaching the $100 mark that many expected. The hog market could have life left in it, however, according to Dr. Steve Meyer. Meyer, a regular speaker at World Pork Expo, talked about the outlook for hog prices and for wheat feeding in this interview...More
The U.S. Senate has agreed to take up the farm bill proposed by its Ag Committee, but there’s no guarantee the legislation will be passed this year. Sam Carney, a producer from Adair, Iowa, talks about the National Pork Producer Council’s farm bill priorities and legislative issues in this interview...More
You had to have a name tag and some pork industry credibility to get through the gates of World Pork Expo this week. Take a look at the photo and video galleries our staff took of the World Pork Expo action over the past few days at http://nationalhogfarmer.com/. You will see real people who believe in the pork industry. Meanwhile, even as World Pork Expo was taking place, Twitter was being flooded with a very coordinated series of “attack tweets” pertaining to the pork industry as a whole, and gestation stalls in particular....More
It's all about the pork at World Pork Expo this year. Everywhere you look something tasty seems to be on the grill. Take a look at our photo gallery from the first and second days of World Pork Expo and be inspired (and possibly hungry).
The introduction of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 in both houses of Congress has touched off a wave of concern among other livestock groups. The NPPC's Audrey Adamson talks about some of those concerns and the impact of the legislation in other countries...More
The skies were overcast at this year's World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. But those clouds may have a silver lining for hog and cattle producers. Iowa State University's Elwynn Taylor told World Pork Expo attendees that the 2012 corn and soybean crops are off to a good start...More
Some pork producers have moved to open pens for sows, but the overwhelming majority continue to use gestation stalls, according to a University of Missouri study released at World Pork Expo. Dr. Ron Plain discusses the results and some inplications of the study in this interview following a press conference at the Expo in Des Moines, Iowa....More
Recent announcements from food service companies and retailers about bans on gestation stalls for sows have sent shock waves through the industry. Some estimate the bans could costs producers $200 to $300 per sow to convert their facilities. AgStar's Mark Greenwood talked about the impacts during a press conference at World Pork Expo...More
We asked National Hog Farmer booth visitors to share the main motivator that got them to journey to Des Moines for World Pork Expo this year. They also told us about the coolest thing they had seen so far on the first day of Expo.
National Hog Farmer believes all hogs are beautiful and we think you might agree! To share our pork industry enthusiasm we are inviting our readers to submit your favorite photo of your ugliest--or prettiest-- pig....More
Excitement is building for next week’s World Pork Expo, to be held June 6-8 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. National Hog Farmer brings you up-to-the-minute information about the world’s largest pork industry-specific trade show....More
On June 6 and 7, the Pork Checkoff is sponsoring Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy at World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairground in Des Moines, IA. Expo continues through noon June 9.
PORK Academy is a series of seminars designed to provide information for pork producers about current industry challenges in a way that can be applied to their own operations. The seminars will cover a variety of topics such as herd health, pork exports, transport bedding, economic outlooks and the We Care initiative....More
Eight business seminars will feature the latest in nutrition, herd health, manure management and price risk at World Pork Expo on Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7. A highlight of the free business-seminar luncheon at noon on both days will be speakers discussing weather and economic outlooks. Expo-goers will find these business seminars and luncheons in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds....More
Experience the newest technologies in the pork industry, participate in production seminars and watch outstanding breeding stock shows and sales at the 2012 World Pork Expo. The event, scheduled for June 6-8, attracts 20,000 people to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA....More
The World Pork Expo schedule of events is now available online. As the world’s largest pork-industry specific trade show, World Pork Expo is expected to attract nearly 20,000 producers and industry professionals to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA, June 6-8....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has announced the entertainment for MusicFest, the social highlight of World Pork Expo. From 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 7, Expo attendees can enjoy free roasted pork and refreshments while viewing live performances....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has announced three tours for people who want to experience Midwestern agriculture and hospitality before World Pork Expo opens in Des Moines, IA, on June 6. Pork producers from throughout the world can choose a two-day tour highlighting livestock, crops and agribusinesses, or single-day excursions featuring different agricultural destinations near Des Moines....More
The 30th annual National Hog Farmer World Pork Expo New Product Tour
featured products that provided cost savings in key production areas from feed usage to heating. Animal care and comfort continue to be top-of-mind among the companies introducing products at this year’s event...More