For four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association's Iowa Pork Congress has been a symposium where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an industry that has long been vital to the Iowa economy.
The 40th annual incarnation of this very popular event is in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center as well as the Polk County Convention Complex. There will be a Kickoff Reception and Auction at Hy-Vee Hall Tuesday. The Congress will be in full swing Wednesday and Thursday. In recent years attendance has hovered around 5,000.
Once again this year, the show will feature an impressive roster of speakers and an appealing array of exhibitors. There will be in the neighborhood of 300 trade-show booths according to the IPPA. It is expected that about 20 of the exhibitors will be introducing new products or services at this year's show. Organizers say the Pork Congress is the nation's largest winter swine trade show.
The appeal of this event is in part its educational component. Iowa Pork Congress Committee Chairman Don Toale, a pork producer from Independence, is enthusiastic about the seminars and demonstrations that will be featured.
"Things are always changing in pork production and the seminars we offer will help keep producers in the know," Toale said. "Our goal is always to bring in the industry's leading experts to present our seminars and provide the latest information on the topics of greatest interest to producers."
For more information about the Congress visit www.iowaporkcongress.org on the Web.
Make plans now to attend what promises to be a super event. You won't be disappointed.