World Pork Expo seminars provide the most up-to-date information

Farm Forum

DES MOINES, Iowa — World Pork Expo is the place to get the most up-to-date information related to pork production, business management and new technologies. More than a dozen seminars scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, are included in the price of admission to the 2015 World Pork Expo. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), this year’s Expo will take place June 3-5 in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

“To me, the most important activity for pork producers at World Pork Expo is the educational seminars,” says Ron Prestage, D.V.M., NPPC president and South Carolina pork producer. “The exchange of ideas and information is invaluable. The seminars cover such a wide range of topics that all types of producers can capitalize on new insights they can take back home.”

Business seminars feature innovative technologies

The business seminars get underway at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, with Harrisvaccines offering a look at how rapid-responding vaccines can be used for emerging diseases. Swine-health experts from the United States and the Philippines will join Harrisvaccine researchers to discuss the latest research on RNA particle prescription vaccines and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Purina Animal Nutrition will present “Challenge Accepted: Conquer your Mount Everest,” an interactive seminar featuring strategies for powering through challenges. Lance Fox, a veterinarian who has climbed Mount Everest, and others will share practical approaches to setting goals, developing actionable plans and empowering employees.

Rounding out the business seminars on Thursday, June 4, the United Soybean Board will present two, one-hour sessions titled “Biodiesel Works: Fueling Swine Profitability” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The speaker will talk about how the use of animal fat in biodiesel has added $150 million in revenue to market hogs, and how the increased demand for soy-based biodiesel affects the supply of soybean meal.

PORK Academy offers more seminar options

A longstanding attraction at World Pork Expo, PORK Academy takes place on both Wednesday and Thursday of Expo. Presented by the Pork Checkoff, PORK Academy will feature experts from across the country talking about timely matters like regulatory changes in antibiotic use, a PEDv update and the Common Swine Industry Audit. Other presentations will zero in on sow lifetime productivity, mitigating seasonal losses and additional management topics.

Among its many attractions, World Pork Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, which will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5. The record-setting World Pork Expo Junior National begins Tuesday, June 2, and is expected to involve nearly 750 youth from 24 states. Additional information is available at, and by connecting with World Pork Expo on Facebook, following Expo on Twitter (@NPPCWPX, #WPX15), and downloading the free mobile app by searching for “World Pork” in the Apple Store, Android Market or Blackberry’s App World.