Need a Little Inspiration? Attend a State Pork Event Near You

( Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal's PORK )

Networking. Sharing new ideas. Learning. Selling products. Innovating. Honoring friends. There’s no question state pork expos and trade shows are a highlight in the pork industry. With the cancellation of the World Pork Expo in 2019, many pork industry friends have shared their excitement surrounding the upcoming 2020 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines, Iowa.

“The Iowa Pork Producers Association does a really great job of is arranging timely and relevant producer education content for their seminars. Farmers and producers have always demonstrated a culture of continuous improvement—finding ways to be more productive, more efficient and socially responsible—and that’s why the Iowa Pork Congress continues to be a success,” says Jen Sorenson, director of communications for Iowa Select Farms.

In addition to her favorite aspects – fellowship and networking – she says the Iowa Pork Congress allows her to get a lot of work done in a short time. 

“It’s a great time to clear your head of the day to day and think about what can be accomplished in 2020—collaborations, new products/new technologies and even partnerships with many of the Extension, college and trade association groups,” she adds. “They are all there with products, service and opportunities for producers of all shapes and sizes.”

Exhibitor Kirk Dailey, sales development manager with Central Life Sciences-Swine, says he enjoys the opportunity to attend trade shows to showcase leading-edge technology that can make pork producers more efficient and productive.  

“I also enjoy reconnecting with customers and industry partners in a trade show setting,” Dailey says.

As an ambassador for EveryPig, Polly Hoogeveen says trade shows are motivating.

“I always get inspired by what our producers and veterinarians are doing to get on top of pig health challenges, and we love helping them save more pigs’ lives using our app,” Hoogeveen says.

If you have an event that you would like to have listed in our state pork association event calendar, please email [email protected]





South Dakota Pork Congress

Jan. 15-16

Ramkota Hotel & Exhibit Hall,
Sioux Falls, S.D.

Kentucky Pork Producers Association Annual Meeting

Jan. 17-18

Holiday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convention Center,
Bowling Green, KY


Iowa Pork Congress

Jan. 22-23

Iowa Events Center,
Des Moines, Iowa

Indiana Pork Taste of Elegance and Annual Meeting

Jan. 28

Indiana Pork Office (meeting) and Indianapolis Roof Ballroom (Taste of Elegance), Indianapolis, IN

Minnesota Pork Congress & Tradeshow

Jan. 28-29

Minneapolis Convention Center,
Minneapolis, MN

Illinois Pork Expo

Feb. 4-5

Bank of Springfield Center,
Springfield, IL

Wisconsin Pork Association Expo

Feb. 6-7

Kalahari Resort,
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Ohio Pork Congress

Feb. 11-12

Crowne Plaza North,
Columbus, OH

Missouri Pork Expo

Feb. 11-12

Holiday Inn Executive Center,
Columbia, MO

Nebraska Pork Producers Association’s Annual Meeting

Feb. 12

Embassy Suites Hotel,
Lincoln, NE

Keystone Pork Expo

Feb. 19

Spooky Nook,
Manheim, PA


Michigan Pork Conference

Feb. 20

Lansing Center,
Lansing, MI

Colorado Pork Producers Annual Meeting

Feb. 24

Morgan County Fairgrounds,
Brush, CO

NC Pork Council Annual Conference

March 10-11

Hilton Raleigh North Hills,
Raleigh, N.C.

North Dakota Pork Council Annual Meeting and Convention

Aug. 5

Valley City, N.D.

Oklahoma Pork Congress

Aug. 7

Downtown Oklahoma City, OK

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