The 2011 World Pork Expo, which will highlight the U.S. pork industry’s newest technologies, top breeding stock and educational seminars, will be held June 8 through 10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

The event, the world's largest pork-specific tradeshow, is expected to bring in nearly 20,000 producers and industry professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to check out business seminars on profitability, animal health and current issues; see the newest products, services and technologies offered by more than 450 commercial exhibitors; and watch junior showmen and swine breeders exhibit their top market hogs and breeding animals.

The Expo tradeshow is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 10. The breeding stock sales will continue on Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. until they’re completed.


Several pre-Expo tours are planned so attendees can experience Midwestern agriculture at its finest: the June 6-7 tour will feature a stop at Cinnamon Ridge Farms in eastern Iowa. The popular MusicFest will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and Expo attendees can enjoy roasted pork and refreshments while listening to music performed by live bands.

To receive a $10 World Pork Expo early registration discount and free Expo alerts via e-mail, go to and click on the “Register Now” tab. The website also has the latest details about room availability at the official Expo hotels in its “Producer” section. Additional information is available when you connect with World Pork Expo on Facebook and follow World Pork Expo on Twitter.