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Gregg Hora expects to see thousands of his fellow pork producers at the Iowa Pork Congress, scheduled for Jan. 23-24 in Des Moines.

“We are expecting a big crowd,” says Hora, a producer from Fort Dodge and president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

A full slate of educational seminars, along with a trade show, highlight the annual event.

Hora says the Pork Congress provides an opportunity for IPPA to present new and important information to producers. Along with the seminars, there are training sessions and more than 30 new products and companies being unveiled at the trade show.

The four-day event actually kicks off with the Taste of Elegance reception Jan. 21, and IPPA’s annual meeting Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m.

The Pork Congress officially kicks off Jan. 23 with the opening of the trade show in Hy-Vee Hall at 9 a.m. Educational seminars on current nuisance cases, environmental stewardship and the environmental impact of livestock production will be held throughout the day. PQA Plus certification will also be offered, and economist Steve Meyer will present an economic outlook.

Wednesday’s keynote address will be presented by Alison Van Eenennaam from the University of California-Davis, and will focus on agriculture “then and now.”

The youth judging contest also begins Jan. 23, as do events related to the pork queen and pork ambassador programs.

The trade show continues Jan. 24. Educational seminars include discussions on disease preparedness, mycoplasma treatment and ventilation. Manure application training will also be held. The keynote address from speaker Mark Jewell focuses on thriving in an uncertain world.

The 2018 Pork Congress concludes Jan. 24 at 4 p.m.

Hora says more than 300 companies will set up shop at the trade show.

“We’re very pleased with that number,” he says.

IPPA will also be promoting pork during the event, making use of the Des Moines skywalk system to introduce pork to local residents.

“This is something we really enjoy doing,” Hora says.

Jeff DeYoung is livestock editor for Iowa Farmer Today, Missouri Farmer Today and Illinois Farmer Today.