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2024Press Release

Where the Pork World Comes Together

By May 9, 2024May 10th, 2024No Comments

Learn about the free seminars taking place at the World Pork Expo.

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 9, 2024The 2024 World Pork Expo, hosted by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), invites attendees to engage with the latest insights across all facets of the pork industry. This year’s event features a new two-day schedule and the return of the world’s largest pork-specific trade show. Other highlights include the return of free educational seminars and the introduction of the Young Pork Advocates Issues Meet at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

“In a constantly changing industry like this, it’s important to stay informed and innovative,” said NPPC President Lori Stevermer. “This is especially true as we welcome young people eager to make a difference. The 2024 World Pork Expo is all about improving knowledge for all professionals and supporting young talent through events like the Young Pork Advocates Issues Meet.”

New for 2024! Introducing the Young Pork Advocates Issues Meet

World Pork Expo is excited to introduce a new competitive speaking event for young adults passionate about the future of the pork industry! Sponsored by Novus and NutraBlend, the Young Pork Advocates Issues Meet is designed for pork enthusiasts aged 17-22 to engage with real-world industry challenges. Participants will research, problem-solve, discuss, and draft mock motions, gaining valuable experience in NPPC’s policy development process.

The competition will be held during the Expo and kicks off with an orientation, followed by round robin discussions on Day 1. Day 2 features the final round and culminates in the exciting results announcement. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 and a trip to the NPPC Legislative Action Conference await the top winners. Visit for details.

Attendees to Gain Industry Insights at Business Seminars

A fresh lineup of Business Seminars awaits attendees this year. These seminars will focus on key industry pillars such as sustainability, technological advancements, and other pressing issues shaping today’s pork production. They will be held in the Varied Industries Building and will feature comprehensive panel discussions and interactive Q&A sessions with leading experts.

Business Seminars Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, June 5
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Kent – A Partner in Continuous Improvement
Sponsored by Kent Feeds
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B
Speakers: Dr. Jim Smith, Dr. Michael Edmonds, Kale Causemaker

Join Kent to learn about the latest in swine nutrition, including new developments in their NexGex® Advanced line-up and the introduction of EFFICOR™, a new swine origin probiotic.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
The Impact of Clean Feed on Endemic Swine Disease
Sponsored by Anitox
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room D

Discover the benefits of clean feed in reducing endemic swine disease with Dr. Francisco Domingues, exploring the effectiveness of feed sanitizers and strategies for optimal biosecurity in your feed mill.

Thursday, June 6
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Challenging Health and Productivity – How does the U.S. lead the world in sustainable, profitable pork production?
Sponsored by Alltech
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room D

Dr. Mark Lyons of Alltech leads a discussion on the U.S. pork industry’s role in global trade, animal health, and sustainability, aimed at enhancing economic and environmental outcomes for producers and consumers alike.

Network and Learn at the Pork Academy

The Pork Academy, presented by the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff, returns with interactive sessions featuring expert analysis and engaging discussions. Set within the Varied Industries Building, attendees can gain invaluable insights and enter for a chance to win exclusive pork-related prizes. Entrance to the Pork Academy sessions is included with your World Pork Expo admission.

Pork Academy Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, June 5
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
An Economic Outlook for the Pork Industry
Location: Varied Industries Building Upper Meeting Room

Join Steve Meyer and Joe Kerns as they discuss the international and domestic demand for pork, pricing impacts, and market consumption in an interactive economic session.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Building Public Trust in Pork
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C
Speakers: Nicholas Gabler, Iowa State University; Pedro Urriola, University of Minnesota; Katie Sanders, North Carolina State University, Alexa Lamm, University of Georgia

Explore strategies to bridge the gap between the public and farm practices with the Real Pork Trust Consortium, focusing on building consumer trust.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
How Pork Powers Your Plate and the Industry
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C

Discover the latest in pork nutrition research and learn how collaborations with nutrition experts are enhancing pork’s appeal, in this informative panel discussion.

Thursday, June 6
9:00 –10:30 a.m.
Endemic Diseases, Biosecurity and Other Hot Topics in Swine Health
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B
Moderator: Dr. Brent Pepin, National Pork Board
Speakers: Deb Murray, New Fashion Pork; Lisa Becton, Swine Health Improvement Center (SHIC), Guilherme Cezar, Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine, Laura Dalquist, Swine Vet Center

Address your swine health concerns with leading experts, focusing on diseases and biosecurity in an engaging discussion.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Positioning Pork For Success: Meeting Consumers Where They Are
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C

Learn how understanding consumer behavior can drive pork’s relevance and demand, utilizing insights from the NPB Consumer Connect.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
The Future of Everything Pork
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C

Explore the future of pig farming with experts on gene editing, AI, and other advanced technologies, discussing opportunities and challenges.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Carbon Markets, CSAs, ROI and More
Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B
Moderator: Jill Brokaw, National Pork Board

Get the latest updates on Climate Smart Grants, sustainability funding opportunities, and how they affect on-farm practices.

Register Today

Don’t miss the opportunity to join thousands of pork industry professionals at World Pork Expo 2024! Online registration closes on May 30. For registration details, event updates, hotel information, and more, visit