Missouri’s Pork Industry Meating the Challenge

Columbia, Mo.,—The Missouri Pork Association welcomes producers, suppliers and distributors to the 2022 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 8 and runs through Wednesday afternoon, February 9 at the Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.


The Educational Series and One-Day Swine Trade Show are feature attractions for the 2022 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 108 booths featuring the latest products in the industry on February 8 ONLY. 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. Thanks to Protect the Harvest for providing lanyards for the event and Purina Animal Nutrition for sponsoring the Expo Pocket Guide. Live auction items to be sold during the Pork Industry Banquet 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 BarnTools.


The 2022 Expo Educational Series kicks off February 8 at  9:00 am with Social Media – Make a Plan and Stick to It!, sponsored by Fast Genetics USA. The panel will feature Alice Roach, MBA, University of Missouri; Kylie Epperson, Legacy Pork; and Andrew Howerton, Reliance Pork.


It is followed at 10:00 am by What If ASF Strikes? Be Prepared with Secure Pork Supply, AgView, US SHIP and RAB App, presented by Lisa Becton, DVM, National Pork Board, and Corrine Bromfield, DVM, University of Missouri. The session is sponsored by The Climate Corporation.


At 11:00 am, Dr. Seth Meyer, USDA, and Dr. Scott Brown, University of Missouri, will present 2022 Economic Issues & Opportunities for Pork Producers, sponsored by JBS Live Pork.


At 1:00 pm, the fourth session will begin, titled Depopulation and Logistics of Mass Disposal, sponsored by MFA, Inc. The panel will be moderated by Jerry Foster with JBS Live Pork, and include Linda Lackman, DVM, USDA APHIS; Bill Pittenger, Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Sherri Stoner, Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


The Banquet Reception, sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, will begin at 5:30 and include a wine tasting, courtesy of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, and a spirits tasting with various Missouri distillers. The reception will lead up to the Pork Industry Banquet, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, and end with the Pork Industry Fundraising Auction, sponsored by BarnTools. Tickets for the banquet are $50 prior to the Expo and $55 on site.


The Educational Series continues February 9 with the Pork Leadership Breakfast, featuring Jim Wiesemeyer with ProFarmer. There is an additional $60 fee to attend the breakfast prior to the Expo, $70 on site, which is sponsored by Enterprise Bank and Trust, 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 the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council. Faculty from MU will cover topics including:

Setting Ventilation Controllers in Wean-Finish Tunnel Ventilated Barns,

                        Dr. Joe Zulovich;

            Sky-High Fertilizer Prices: Is This the Year to Hire a Dredge for Lagoon Sludge?

Economics Under Current/Forecast Prices,

Dr. Teng Lim and Dr. Ray Massey;

Incorporating Ingredients You’ve Never Considered for Growing Pig Diets,

Dr. Marcia Shannon;

            Updates from the International Pig Survivability Conference,

                        Corinne Bromfield, DVM; and

Depending on China, Here’s What to Expect for Prices Going Forward,

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 2022 Missouri Pork Expo include Agri-Tech Enterprises, Inc.; Boehringer Ingelheim; Central Bank of Boone County; Hawkins Water Treatment; Huvepharma, Inc.; Maurer-Stutz, Inc.; Maximus; Missouri Agribusiness Association; PIC; Simmons Bank; SKOV North America, Inc.; SNPartners; Stutsman Inc.; and The Law Firm of Haden and 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 2022 Missouri Pork Expo is available at https://mopork.com/events/events-2022moexpo/.


The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and public policy. 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.