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World Pork Expo 2018 Highlights

Pork enthusiasts from around the world gathered in Des Moines, Iowa this week for food, seminars, and pig shows.

National Pork Producers Council hosted World Pork Expo June 6-8, 2018 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The organization says more than 20,000 ag professionals and pork producers attend the expo every summer. It is estimated that 1,000 international attendees from nearly 40 countries participated in the three-day event this year.

Show Ring Highlights

In 2017, 2,500 live hogs were displayed in the swine barn. National Pork Producers Council was expecting another record setting year of hogs again this year.

This year 1,350 youth from 32 states participated in the World Pork Expo Junior National this week. Youth competed in a Skillathon, judging contests, and live hog shows.

Notable Presenters

Government officials and industry experts shared remarks throughout the event. Ten busines seminars were held Wednesday and Thursday. Pork producers and their employees gathered at PORK Academy seminars to learn about nutrient management, understanding consumers, and data collection.

Did you know, about 550,000 U.S. jobs are supported by various aspects of the pork industry? More than $40 billion is contributed to the nation’s economy each year by U.S. pork production. In 2017, more than 60,000 pork producers marketed more than 121 million hogs.

In addition to hosting the World Pork Expo, Iowa is the number one pork producing state in the nation. Approximately 45 million pigs are raised in the state each year.

Delicious Pork

During the event approximately 10,000 lunches were served at the Big Grill.

Interesting Exhibits

About 500 companies from around the globe gathered at the 2018 World Pork Expo to display their products and services. Several of them had outdoor exhibits and 60 hospitality tents were open for networking opportunities.

For more information about the 2018 World Pork Expo read 4 Takeaways From World Pork Expo. The 2019 World Pork Expo will be held June 5-7 next year.

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