The Iowa Pork Producers Association will hold the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress on January 22 and 23 at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines. The nation's largest winter swine tradeshow and conference will take place in Hy-Vee Hall with show hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 22 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 23.
"The Iowa Pork Congress has established a tradition of excellence over the years and it attracts several thousand producers and others involved in the pork industry, as well as most of the top companies who serve the pork industry," says IPPA president Greg Lear, a hog producer from Spencer in northwest Iowa. "We offer timely and informative seminars facilitated by some of the industry's leading experts, great social functions and attendees have an array of networking opportunities. It really is a show for anyone who is involved in pork production, including our young swine enthusiasts."
"This is our 42nd show and we generally attract around 5,000 producers and others from around the Midwest," says Lear. "We have many activities planned for this year's event and it promises to be another successful Iowa Pork Congress."
Approximately 300 companies will be exhibiting swine-related products, equipment and services
Interest in the Iowa Pork Congress remains very strong among pork industry vendors. Nearly 300 Iowa, U.S. and international companies will fill the Hy-Vee Hall tradeshow floor. Products and services ranging from equipment and nutrition to genetics and pharmaceuticals will be on display. Several exhibitors are rolling out new or enhanced products during the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress.
IPPA will welcome attendees to the Pork Information Plaza on the north tradeshow floor where guests can visit with producer leaders and representatives from the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and other affiliated organizations.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
Attendees will again have a wide range of seminars to choose from. An update on what's happening in Washington, the latest on PEDV, an economic outlook, the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for new farmers are among the scheduled sessions. The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy also will be discussed.
Hog producers will be able to become Pork Quality Assurance certified, or renew their PQA Plus and TQA certification
Sixth generation farmer and agriculture advocate Trent Loos brings his passion and wit to the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress as the keynote speaker. In "Tell that to the Crunchy Momma," Loos will address the need to re-educate consumers on modern food production. The "Loos Tales" star will address attendees at 2 p.m. on January 22.
There are numerous educational opportunities at the congress. Hog farmers also will be able to obtain or renew their PQA Plus and TQA certifications, and a certification session for confinement site manure applicators is again being offered. "We try to provide the best of everything at Pork Congress, from the tradeshow and educational sessions to the social events," Lear adds. "With all of the activities we have scheduled, the 2014 Pork Congress should be another great event for the pork industry."
IPPA members can attend 2014 Pork Congress at no cost if they registered before the deadline
Registration: Producers can pre-register to attend Pork Congress through January 9, 2014. IPPA members can attend the tradeshow and conference at no cost by registering by the deadline. Register at iowaporkcongress.org or by using the form in the November issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine. Non-IPPA members can save $5 off of the normal $10 admission cost by registering online by the deadline. Registrations will be accepted after the deadline through each day of the show, but the cost will be $10.
Pork Congress week will start on January 20 with the annual IPPA Taste of Elegance contest and reception. The IPPA Annual Meeting will be held January 21 and the annual Iowa Pork Foundation Kickoff Reception and Auction will take place that evening. The Pork Congress Banquet is on January 22. The IPPA Youth Swine Judging Contest will be held in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on January 23.
For more information, including conference speakers and topics on the agenda, contact IPPA at (800) 372-7675 or visit the Pork Congress website.