The Missouri Pork Association welcomes producers, suppliers and distributors to the 2018 Missouri Pork Expo. The two-day event promotes the pork industry, educates youth and adults and distributes information from current research. The Expo begins the morning of Tuesday, February 6 and runs through Wednesday afternoon, February 7 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo.
The Educational Series and One-Day Swine Trade Show are feature attractions for the 2018 Expo. Participants may also attend events including the FFA Pork Speaking Contest Finals, Pork Industry Banquet and Pork Leadership Breakfast.
The largest swine-specific Trade Show in Missouri will include 93 agricultural businesses on February 6. Live auction items to be sold during the Pork Industry Banquet will also be on display.
More than 100 youth are expected to complete Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) certification, beginning at 9:30 am, during the 2018 “In the Show Ring” educational workshop. The Tuesday workshop prepares young people to show swine at the local and state levels. Youth attending will learn more about swine nutrition 101 from Kade Hummel with Lindner United, and breeding basics on the farm. Attendees will also hear about the National Junior Swine Association, from NJSA Junior Board Secretary Lindsey Robinson, and Team Purebred, from Team Purebred Adult Board Secretary Jesse Birkenholz. Participants will enjoy lunch and a scavenger hunt, sponsored by FCS Financial.
The Missouri Pork Expo will host a barbecue lunch on Tuesday, provided and sponsored by Lynch Livestock, Inc. The lunch is $8 per person, and is free to youth. This will follow the FFA Pork Speaking Contest finals, sponsored by Alltech.
The 2018 Expo Educational Series kicks off February 6 at 9:00 am with a PQA Plus Certification training. Dr. Tim Safranski and Corinne Bromfield, DVM, both with the University of Missouri, will present the session.
At 11:00 am, JBS Live Pork will sponsor Integrated Pest Management of Rodents in Swine Facilities. The guest speaker is Dr. Danny McDonald with MWI Animal Health.
The afternoon sessions will cover many topics important to producers.
The Educational Series continues February 7 with the Pork Leadership Breakfast, featuring Jim Wiesemeyer with Informa Economics in Washington D.C. Wiesemeyer will discuss the current issues in our nation’s capital and how they will affect Missouri’s pork industry. There is an additional $50 fee to attend the breakfast prior to the Expo, and $60 on site.
Stay after breakfast for the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program’s pork industry hot topics.
Registration for the Expo trade show and educational sessions is free. There is a non-exhibiting supplier fee of $50. More information regarding the 2018 Missouri Pork Expo is available at http://www.mopork.com/events/missouri-pork-expo/.