The Iowa Pork Producers Association announced the 2018 Iowa Pork Congress will be held on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The event, touted as North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference will feature nine new seminars, a keynote address, 300 exhibitors, training sessions, social events and youth activities.
“Pork Congress has something for everyone and it’s our hope that attendees will join us and take advantage of the available opportunities,” said IPPA President Curtis Meier, a pig farmer from Clarinda.
Free business seminars will be offered, including “Utilizing Livestock Manure in a Cover Crop Program,” to be presented by Drs. Dan Anderson and Matt Helmers from Iowa State University; Dr. Steve Meyer will look to the future of prices and profitability; and Erik Potter from ISU will explain how not to fail an audit.
Keynote speaker Matt Rush, former New Mexico Farm Bureau CEO and an award-winning speaker and author is scheduled to present, “There’s a snake in my bumper.” Rush will explain why it’s important for farmers to tell the agriculture story and why farmers must be viable, valuable and visible to remain successful. The keynote will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Hog farmers also will be able to obtain or renew their PQA Plus® and TQA® certifications, and a certification session for confinement site manure applicators is being offered.
Many other activities and events will be held in association with Pork Congress. For more information, contact IPPA at (800) 372-7675 or visit www.iowaporkcongress.org
Read the full press release at iowapork.org.