The Missouri Pork Association welcomes producers, suppliers and distributors to the 2019 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, Feb. 12, and runs through Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 13, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

The Educational Series and One-Day Swine Trade Show are feature attractions for the 2019 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 96 agricultural businesses on Feb. 12. 

The show registration, sponsored by Ag Property Solutions, opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday and includes a silent auction, sponsored by the Missouri Agribusiness Association, as well as the Trade Show Hospitality Area, sponsored by The Parks Companies. 

Registration bags are being sponsored by CSC, and lanyards provided by Protect the Harvest. Live auction items to be sold during the Pork Industry Banquet will also be on display. The trade show closes at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

More than 100 youth are expected to complete Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) certification, beginning at 9:30 a.m., during the 2019 

In the Show Ring educational workshop, sponsored by Heimer Hampshires. The Tuesday workshop prepares young people to show swine at the local and state levels. 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. This will follow the FFA Pork Speaking Contest finals, sponsored by Alltech.

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. Dr. 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, sponsored by JBS Live Pork. The guest speaker is Andy Altenburg with Altenburg Construction.

FAD’s - Are you Prepared? What Happens When It Arrives?, sponsored by The Climate Corp. Presenters include David Pyburn, DVM, National Pork Board, and Taylor Woods, DVM, Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The afternoon sessions will cover many topics important to producers. Two concurrent sessions will begin at 1 p.m.:

Economics of Manure Handling & Application, Laura Pepple, Puck Enterprises, sponsored by pitPRO; and

How to Keep Your People!, Erin Wagoner, The Maschhoffs, sponsored by Wiechman Pig Company.

The reception, sponsored by Gess International, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and include a wine tasting, courtesy of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. 

The reception will lead up to the Pork Industry Banquet, co-sponsored by the Pork Checkoff and Smithfield, and end with the Missouri Pork Association’s live auction, sponsored by Zoetis. 

The Educational Series continues February 13 with the Pork Leadership Breakfast, featuring Dr. Steve Meyer with Kerns & Associates. There is an additional fee to attend the breakfast prior to the Expo, which is sponsored by Enterprise Bank, the National Pork Producers Council and Smithfield Hog Production Division Midwest Region.

Stay after breakfast for the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program’s Pork Industry Hot Topics, sponsored by Missouri Corn Growers Association. Faculty from MU will cover topics including:

Effect of Iron Dosage in Newborn Pigs on Subsequent Performance, Dr. Marcia Shannon; 

Pit Additive Effectiveness and Solid-Liquid Separation Barn Findings, Dr. Teng Lim;

Tangible Benefits of High Water Quality for Pig Health and Production, Corinne Bromfield, DVM;

Implementing On-Site Water Treatment Systems to Improve Drinking Water Quality, Dr. Joe Zulovich; and

Evolution of U.S. Swine Operations and Regulations, Dr. John Lory.

The Expo concludes with a Missouri Pork Association Board lunch (invitation only), sponsored by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, and followed by a board meeting on Wednesday afternoon, which is open to all producers.

Additional sponsors for the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo include Boehringer Ingelheim, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Maximum Ag Technologies, Midwest Dairy, Nedap Livestock Management, Rabo AgriFinance, Sydenstricker and The Law Firm of Haden & Haden.

Registration for the Expo trade show and educational sessions is free. There is a non-exhibiting supplier fee. 

More information regarding the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo is available at http://www.mopork.com/events/missouri-pork-expo/.

The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call 573-445-8375.