Mark your calendar for the 2016 World Pork Expo — June 8-10 — at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The World Pork Expo is brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and presents a wide range of activities, including a trade show, educational seminars, swine shows and swine sales. It’s also an opportune place to find out what’s happening in Washington, D.C., the market outlook and export prospects.


Free educational sessions will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday where producers can get updates on issues that affect their businesses, learn about new production and management practices, hear about the latest industry insights and review the latest research. The business seminars and PORK Academy will also outline new technologies and business strategies, and offer opportunities for dialogue with experts.

Trade show

Hundreds of commercial exhibitors will display the latest pork production technologies, products and services, making this the world’s largest pork-specific trade show. Trade show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 8 and 9, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 10.

Swine show

Throughout the week, attendees will find live hogs on display in the swine barn. Highlighting the exhibit is the World Pork Expo Junior National, which has evolved into one of the United States’ premier educational programs and shows. Open shows will take place on Friday, June 10, with breeding stock sales following on Saturday morning, June 11.


world pork expo junior pig show

Live hogs will be on display in the swine barn throughout expo week, with the World Pork Expo Junior National kicking off on Monday, June 6.  | Steve Pope Photography / World Pork Expo

About the show

World Pork Expo
Trade show: June 8-10, 2016
Swine shows: June 6-11, 2016
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa
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By the numbers

  • 23,085 pork producers and professionals attended in 2015
  • More than 48 countries are represented at the show
  • 1,100 international guests
  • 310,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • More than 2,200 hogs exhibited in 2015
  • Big Grill served up 10,000 free pork lunches during the 2015 expo