For four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association's Iowa Pork Congress has been a symposium where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an industry that has long been vital to the Iowa economy.
This annual incarnation of this very popular event is in Des Moines in Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center Wednesday and Thursday. Organizers say it is the nation's largest winter swine trade show and conference.
Once again this year, the show will feature an impressive roster of speakers and an appealing array of exhibitors. There will be in the neighborhood of 300 trade-show booths according to the IPPA. It is expected that many of the exhibitors will be introducing new products or services at this year's show.
The appeal of this event is in part its educational component. Iowa Pork Congress Committee Chairman Derrick Sleezer, a pork producer from Independence, is enthusiastic about the seminars and demonstrations that will be featured.
"We understand the importance of continuing education and strive to give producers the information that will allow them to be more successful," he said is a statement last month previewing the Congress. "We have a good mix of seminars and some of the best presenters available for this year's show."
For more information about the Congress visit www.iowaporkcongress.org on the Web.
Make plans now to attend what promises to be a super event. You won't be disappointed.