2009 Iowa Pork Congress Set for Jan. 28-29

Theme for this year's event in Des Moines is "Achieving a More Profitable Operation."

Anyone who is interested in pork production is invited to attend the 2009 Iowa Pork Congress Jan. 28 and 29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. This is the 37th annual Iowa Pork Congress. Sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, it features a large trade show, an assortment of seminars with expert presenters, youth activities and networking.

It is the nation's largest winter swine trade show and it will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 28 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 29 at Hy-Vee Hall and Veterans Memorial Auditorium in downtown Des Moines. What a pork producer needs to have a successful swine operation is available from one or more of the nearly 300 companies that will be on hand to display their latest products and services. "The Iowa Pork Congress is one of the premier swine events because of the variety of industry people and companies involved," says Iowa Pork Congress Committee Chairman Greg Lear, a producer from Spencer. "Whether it's feed, animal health or hog equipment, the companies bring the best people they have and put on the best show at the best attended Pork Congress in the Midwest."

Educational seminars with interesting topics

Producers can learn how to be more successful by attending the seminars available at the Iowa Pork Congress. The industry's experts will be on hand to share information and lead thought-provoking discussions. Producers can learn how to provide a healthier work environment, discover the keys to successful employee management and find out how to measure and control energy costs. Seminars on sow housing and animal well-being, mortality composting and emergency planning and Iowa environmental regulations also are scheduled. "The seminars offer something for everyone to learn how to improve efficiency of their operation--from feed, to animal handling, to farrowing," says Lear.

New feature returns to this year's event

A new feature in 2008 is returning for the 2009 Iowa Pork Congress. The Demonstration Area will feature a presentation on swine necropsy by an Iowa State University expert. Producers also will hear from an Iowa Pheasants Forever representative on how to improve the aesthetics of their farm. Headlining the list of outstanding speakers and facilitators at the 2009 Iowa Pork Congress is Montana logger and activist Bruce Vincent, who will be the featured keynote speaker. Vincent will draw on his own experiences to share his vision of how pork producers can improve the perception of the industry. In addition to the trade show and seminars, attendees can visit with other pork producers and industry experts throughout the show and attend the various social events. Several youth activities will be offered. New to Pork Congress in 2009 is the 4-H and FFA Swine Judging Contest. Any 4-H or FFA members interested in learning more about judging hogs are invited to participate.

Get younger people into pork production

"Our focus this year is to try to get younger kids involved in pork production, and show them it's not just raising hogs or farrowing the sows," says Lear. "There's also credit lenders, feed supply companies and many other job opportunities. With the judging contest, we're going to try to expose more junior and senior high school students to our industry." Pork producers, allied business partners and students are encouraged to attend the two-day show. The Iowa Pork Congress is held for decision makers in farrowing, finishing and seedstock production, production employees, veterinarians or anyone with an interest in the swine industry.

Pre-registration is encouraged

IPPA members and non-members can save money when they pre-register to attend Pork Congress. Registration at the door is $10. Cost to non-members is only $5 when they register in advance. IPPA members who pre-register get free admission. Registration can be completed at www.iowaporkcongress.org, or by using the form in the November issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine. As an added bonus, people who pre-register to attend the event will be entered in drawings for prizes, including Iowa and ISU men's basketball tickets, hotel stays and more. For more information, visit www.iowaporkcongress.org or call IPPA at 515-225-7675 or 800-372-7675.

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