The 2015 Missouri Pork Expo is set for Feb. 10-11 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri Extension state swine specialist, says this year’s expo offers programs for everyone in the hog industry.
“There is an event called ‘In the Show Ring’ aimed largely at the youth show-pig folks,” Safranski says. “Individual Pork Quality Assurance certification training is offered during the expo, as well as a series of one-hour and half-hour seminars.”
At the Pork Expo trade show, Feb. 10, vendors will have information on genetics, equipment, reproductive tools, feed additives, manure pit management and more.
The Pork Leadership Breakfast on Feb. 11 will feature a keynote address by Jim Wiesemeyer, a senior vice president at Informa Economics. The MU Swine Focus team will also give a series of talks on Wednesday.
“I think there’s real value in the educational programing,” Safranski says. “This is really an opportunity for the industry to come together statewide. A lot of the leaders are here and hopefully we are growing the future leaders through some of our youth outreach activities.”
Admission to the Pork Expo is free, although tickets must be purchased for the barbecue lunch, Pork Industry Banquet and Leadership Breakfast. To register and for more information on the 2015 Missouri Pork Expo, visit www.mopork.com and click on the “Events” tab.