Excitement is building among the National Hog Farmer staff as we start packing up our trade show booth, notebooks, cameras and matching shirts in preparation for the 2013 World Pork Expo. We’re all traveling to Des Moines June 5-7 for the world’s largest pork industry-specific trade show! Once again, National Hog Farmer’s booth will be number 623 in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Stop by for a visit and take a look at a display featuring information about the newest products and technologies introduced to the pork industry within the last year. The products are in the spotlight as part of the World Pork Expo New Product Tour .
You may not have realized that 2013 is World Pork Expo’s 25th anniversary year. National Hog Farmer Editor Dale Miller provides some interesting thoughts about the event’s history in his recent editorial, “Expo Rocks for 25 Years.” 
According to the National Pork Producers Council, nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry professionals from 38 countries attended World Pork Expo in 2012, and organizers expect a similar showing this year.
The 2012 event set records for the number of pigs in the Junior National show  with 700 juniors from 26 states exhibiting 2,177 hogs. If you need help remembering some of the highlights from last year’s Expo, visit our “Pigs and Their People” photo gallery . We’ve also put together a photo gallery of pictures of some of the delicious pork that was offered to last year’s attendees in our “It’s All About the Pork at World Pork Expo” photo gallery . You can even see pictures of the one-time event showcasing the world’s largest pork burger. Much like last year, attendees to the 2013 World Pork Expo can head to the Big Grill each day to enjoy a free pork lunch. Last year, the grill masters served a record-setting 10,000 meals.
World Pork Expo attendees will find the latest pork-production technologies, products and services on display this year, offered by more than 400 U.S. and international commercial exhibitors. The trade show is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 7. According to event organizers, this year’s Expo will debut an additional trade-show location — the Agriculture Building, which is located next to the main entry gate and the Big Grill.
Make sure you also take advantage of the free business seminars taking place throughout the day on both Wednesday and Thursday. Seminar topics are designed to provide solutions for on-farm production needs, including marketing options, herd-health protocols, feeding strategies and current issues
Don’t forget to enjoy MusicFest , a social highlight on Thursday afternoon where Expo attendees can relax, enjoy roast pork and refreshments, and listen to live music.
What’s your favorite thing to do at World Pork Expo? Share your thoughts in the “Comments” section below, email [email protected] , or stop by our booth to tell us in person next week! We are looking forward to seeing you there, but if you can’t attend in-person, check out our Web site to see pictures and updates from the show throughout the week at http://nationalhogfarmer.com/ . Learn more World Pork Expo details at https://www.worldpork.org/ .
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