The 2018 World Pork Expo is celebrating 30 years this week at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) since 1987, this year’s expo includes a record-setting trade show, expanded seminar lineup, elite swine shows, and an abundance of delicious pork!
Organizers expect approximately 20,000 producers, employees, industry specialists and other pork professionals, including 1,000 international visitors, to participate in Expo’s three days. From the beginning, Expo has featured the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, but this year, it’s even bigger. New to Expo, the Jacobson Exhibition Center (JEC) will join the Varied Industries building to display products, services and technologies from more than 500 U.S. and international companies.
Visitors also will find more outdoor exhibits throughout the fairgrounds. The Expo’s trade show exceeds 360,000 square feet this year, making it more than 40,000 square feet larger than in 2017.
Among the exhibitors is Alltech, and we will be finding out more about the nutritional technologies they offer to help pig producers overcome challenges to support pig health and producer profitability.
Listen to Jamie’s interview with Jim Heimerl, NPPC Board President as they discuss this year’s event and that hot-button issue the U.S. pork industry is facing…trade. Interview with Jim Heimerl, NPPC President