Since 1988, the National Pork Producers Council has presented three daysof education, innovation and networking at World Pork Expo, held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
More than 20,000 pork producers and ag professionals from throughout the world attend WPX each year. Attendance tallied 23,085 in 2016.
Approximately 1,100 international guests from 48 countries attended WPX in 2016.
More than 350 companies from around the world are on-site, displaying products and services at booths, outdoor exhibits and hospitality tents.
The exhibit space, which presents the latest pork production products, services and technologies, spans over 320,000 square feet.
The ongoing commitment and support of 16 Gold Sponsors and 23 Silver Sponsors plays an essential role in making WPX possible each year.
FREE with Admission
Attendees can enjoy two fantastic musical acts with pork enthusiasts from around the world during MusicFest.
Attendees can participate in three Business Seminars in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
There are 10 PORK Academy Seminars where pork producers and their employees can learn about new auditing programs, animal well-being research, herd management and much more.
Attendees can shop the approximately 900 booths that make up the world’s largest pork-specific trade show.
Visit the 45 hospitality tents placed throughout the fairgrounds — along Grand Avenue, Ruan Plaza, Rock Island Avenue and the Swine Barn. Expo attendees can drop in and visit with company representatives to learn about the latest innovations and developments.
10,000 mouthwatering pork lunches are served at the Big Grill during WPX.
Live hogs are on display for five days during the World Pork Expo Junior National Show and Open Show.
There are 32 states represented by 1,290 youth planning to participate in the educational programs, competitions and hog shows of the World Pork Expo Junior National.
3,200 live hogs were on display in the swine barn in 2015, a 33 percent increase from 2014. This year, around 3,800 pigs are expected to be on display during the various shows at WPX.
Nationwide, more than 60,000 pork producers marketed more than 115 million hogs in 2016.
Approximately 30 million pigs are raised in Iowa annually, making it the No. 1 pork-producing state in the nation.
About 550,000 U.S. jobs are supported by various aspects of the pork industry, from local businesses to national and international brands.
U.S. pork production contributes over $5 billion to the nation’s economy each year.