World Pork Expo continues to build a show in 2022 | Cattle

Doug Fricke is expecting a tremendous show for the World Pork Expo, scheduled for June 8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

“We have a lot of new companies coming, which gives us about 400 that will be at the show,” says Fricke, director of trade show marketing at the National Pork Producers Council. “We also have a handful of people who were unable to participate last year due to COVID-19, so we are happy to have them back.”

The show continues to expand to other areas of the fairgrounds, and Fricke says the array of exhibitors offers something for everyone.

“If there’s something you need, you can find it at the exhibition,” he says.

This year’s program includes 10 educational seminars for producers, with topics ranging from sustainability to exotic animal diseases. Five of these seminars are part of the Pork Academy, with the others being sponsored by companies.

Lunch at the Big Grill will be served all three days, with the grill positioned south of the Assorted Industries building.

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On June 8 and 9, the popular Mad Dog & Merrill Grill Team will be at the show to educate and entertain growers.

“We’ve been approached by several of our states to have them, and they have quite the following on YouTube,” Fricke says. “We can’t wait to have them.”

Sponsors include state swine associations in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota.

PQA Plus and TQA training are also available during the show.

Fricke says grower registrations are coming in quickly now that the bulk of spring planting is complete.

“Our trade show has never been bigger and we’re thrilled about it,” he says. “We are planning a great week.”

A full World Pork Expo schedule is available online at worldpork.org/.

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