Leading the effort for the World Pork Expo's three days of information and insights are the business seminars scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6. All of the business seminars will take place in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. 


As a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn., Randy Spronk, president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), says that between the trade show, seminars and conversations with fellow producers, World Pork Expo offers ideas that can be applied today, as well as in the future.

"Whether it involves animal housing, transportation or health, the industry is continually moving forward and at World Pork Expo you will find innovative products and ideas that you can apply back home," Spronk says.

On Wednesday, sponsor DSM Nutritional Products  will kick off Expo's business seminars with breakfast at 9:00 a.m., followed by "Understanding the Ps-Feeding Pigs for People, Planet, Profit," three presentations outlining swine nutrition strategies to improve production efficiencies and profit.

Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., Feeding for 30 sponsors Purina Animal Nutrition, Zinpro Corporation and DSM Nutritional Products will host a peer-to-peer forum focused on sow nutrition and management to help producers achieve 30 pigs per sow per year.

Thursday morning's seminar, sponsored by SFP , will begin at 9:30 a.m. and address ways to increase the phosphorus and nitrogen availability of swine manure applied as fertilizer.

On both Wednesday and Thursday, the National Pork Board  (NPB) will sponsor a weather and crop outlook seminar luncheon at noon in the upper level of the Varied Industries Building with programming starting at 12:30 p.m.

Rounding out this year's seminar offerings at World Pork Expo is PORK Academy  presented by NPB and Pork Checkoff. Throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, nine seminars will address a wide range of topics from sow productivity and housing to food safety and exports to on-farm security and steps to protect against a foreign animal disease.

More details about the business seminars , the free business outlook luncheon and PORK Academy  are available at www.worldpork.org .

Stay connected with Expo  

Download  the new mobile app for this year's show. You can view maps, exhibitor information, speaker bios and add events to a personal calendar.

Regular updates are available when you connect with World Pork Expo on Facebook  and Twitter ( @NPPCWPX ).

Online registration still open  

Online registration  is available through June 1. If registering after May 15, credentials will need to be picked up onsite.

This year, World Pork Expo celebrates its 25 th Anniversary, June 5-7, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. More than 400 commercial exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 7. The swine breeding stock sales will continue on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. until they're completed (at approximately noon).