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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Pork Association will welcome producers, suppliers and distributors to the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo Feb. 12-13 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. The two-day event promotes the pork industry, educates youth and adults and distributes information from current research.

The educational series and swine trade show are feature attractions for the 2019 expo. Other events include the FFA Pork Speaking Contest Finals, Pork Industry Banquet and Pork Leadership Breakfast, according to a news release.

The largest swine-specific trade show in Missouri will include 96 agricultural businesses and runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

More than 100 youths are expected to complete Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) certification, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12, during the 2019 In the Show Ring educational workshop. The workshop prepares young people to show swine at the local and state levels.

The 2019 Expo Educational Series kicks off Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. with a PQA Plus Certification training, sponsored by the Missouri Pork Association. Tim Safranski and Corinne Bromfield, DVM, both with the University of Missouri, will present the session.

At 11 a.m., two concurrent sessions will be held — “Safety Issues to Look for In a Slatted Floor” and “FADs — Are you Prepared? What Happens When It Arrives?” Presenters include David Pyburn, DVM, National Pork Board, and Taylor Woods, DVM, Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The afternoon concurrent sessions will begin at 1 p.m. and will include “Economics of Manure Handling & Application” and “How to Keep Your People.”

The Educational Series continues Feb. 13 with the Pork Leadership Breakfast, featuring economist Steve Meyer with Kerns & Associates. There is an additional $50 fee to attend the breakfast prior to the Expo, $60 on site.

Stay after breakfast for the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program's Pork Industry Hot Topics. Faculty from MU will cover topics including iron dosage in newborn pigs, pit additive effectiveness, water quality for pig health and regulations.

The expo concludes with a board meeting Wednesday afternoon which is open to all producers.

Registration for the expo trade show and educational sessions is free. More information regarding the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo is available at https://bit.ly/2kBEvZl.