Iowa Pork Congress opens Wednesday

DES MOINES -- The Iowa Pork Producers Association?s 2018 Iowa Pork Congress will be Wednesday and Thursday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

North America?s largest winter swine trade show and conference will feature nine seminars, a keynote address, 300 exhibitors, training sessions, social events and youth activities.

A lineup of free business seminars on the timely subjects and issues of greatest importance to pork producers and the industry will be offered. ?Utilizing Livestock Manure in a Cover Crop Program? will be presented by Dan Anderson and Matt Helmers from Iowa State University; Steve Meyer will look to the future of prices and profitability; and Erik Potter from ISU will explain how not to fail an audit.

Matt Rush is the former New Mexico Farm Bureau CEO and an award-winning speaker and author. He?ll present ?There?s a snake in my bumper? as the 2018 Iowa Pork Congress keynote speaker. Rush will explain why it?s important for farmers to tell the agriculture story and why farmers must be viable, valuable and visible to remain successful. The keynote will be at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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 being offered.

Companies from Iowa, the U.S. and around the world that serve the pork industry will fill the Hy-Vee Hall trade show floor to offer solutions that help pig farmers become more efficient, profitable and successful. IPPA will once again have its booth and the Pork Information Plaza in Hall ?A? and be joined by the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, the Coalition to Support Iowa?s Farmers, Iowa State University, other affiliated organizations and commercial exhibitors.

The Pork Congress Banquet is Wednesday evening.

The 10th annual Youth Swine Judging contest will be Thursday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA members from around the state will learn more about the industry and compete for valuable scholarships.

Pork Congress will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, contact IPPA at 800-72-7675 or visit