Missouri’s Pork Industry Looking to New Opportunities

Columbia, Mo.,—The Missouri Pork Association welcomes producers, suppliers and distributors to the 2021 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 2 and runs through Wednesday afternoon, February 3 at our new location – Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.


The Educational Series and One-Day Swine Trade Show are feature attractions for the 2021 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 103 booths featuring the latest products in the industry on February 2. The show registration, sponsored by Ag Property Solutions, opens at 8 am Tuesday and includes a Silent Auction, sponsored by Nedap Livestock Management, as well as the Trade Show Hospitality Area, sponsored by The Parks Companies. Wright Brand Bacon, sponsored by Tyson, will be cooked fresh that morning. 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, sponsored by Eldon C. Stutsman, will also be on display. The trade show closes at 5:00 pm that evening.


Youth swine exhibitors are expected to complete Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) certification, beginning at 9:30 am, during the 2021 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. The barbecue is by Lynch Livestock, Inc., and ice cream provided by Midwest Dairy Association. Lunch is $10 per person and free to youth. This will follow the FFA Pork Speaking Contest finals, sponsored by Alltech.


The 2021 Expo Educational Series kicks off February 2 at 10:00 am with The Digital Swine Ecosystem, presented by Dr. Erin Lowe and Laura Gilliam with Boehringer Ingelheim, sponsored by The Climate Corporation.


At 11:00 am, Austin Baker, Hog Slat, and Adam Albsmeyer, Albsmeyer Electric, will present Getting it Right Every Time: Standardizing Hog Barn Electrification, sponsored by JBS Live Pork.


At 1:00 pm, Dr. Steve Meyer, Partners for Production Agriculture, and Tim Hughes, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC, will present Market Options and Strategies, sponsored by MFA, Inc.


The Reception, sponsored by Missouri Corn Growers Association and Fast Genetics, will begin at 5:30 and include a wine tasting, courtesy of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, and a spirits tasting by Wood Hat Spirits. The reception will lead up to the Pork Industry Banquet, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, and end with the Missouri Pork Association’s live auction. Tickets for the banquet are $50 prior to the Expo and $55 on site.


The Educational Series continues February 3 with the Pork Leadership Breakfast, featuring Jim Wiesemeyer with Informa Economics. There is an additional $60 fee to attend the breakfast prior to the Expo, $70 on site, which is sponsored by Enterprise Bank, the National Pork Producers Council, Smithfield Hog Production Division Midwest Region and Wiechman Pig Company.


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

Managing the Environment of the Pig to Reduce Need for Antibiotics,

                        Dr. Joe Zulovich;

            Alternative Ingredients in Feed (Europe is Phasing Out Zn and Cu for Environmental

Concerns, so Keep Looking),

Dr. Marcia Shannon;

Other Management Schemes/Biosecurity Practices that Need to be Done Correctly to

Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics,

                        Corinne Bromfield, DVM;

            Maximizing Return from Manure Nutrients,

                        Dr. Teng Lim and Ray Massey;

Capturing Revenue from Carbon Credits,

Ray Massey and Dr. Teng Lim;

Perfect Pork Market Prediction,

Dr. Scott Brown.


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 2021 Missouri Pork Expo include Agri-Systems, Boehringer Ingelheim, Central Bank of Boone County, Huvepharma, Maximum Ag Technologies, Missouri Agribusiness Association, PIC, Rabo AgriFinance, Simmons Bank, Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners aka SNPartners and The Law Firm of Haden & Colbert.


Registration for the Expo trade show and educational sessions is free. There is a non-exhibiting supplier fee of $50. More information regarding the 2021 Missouri Pork Expo is available at https://mopork.com/events/events-2021moexpo/.


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 the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.


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