Save the Date: June 3-5, 2015

Iowa State Fairgrounds – Des Moines, IA

The Pork Checkoff always has an exciting lineup of Checkoff-sponsored events scheduled for World Pork Expo.

This year the Pork Checkoff launched its new five-year strategic plan focused on managing the changing world People Pigs Planet feature imagefacing U.S. pork producers. Through that process, all of our industry’s efforts will be centered on doing what’s right for people, pigs and the planet and demonstrating our commitment to continuous improvement, transparency and collaboration. The three overarching goals are:

  • Build Consumer Trust
  • Drive Sustainable Production
  • Grow Consumer Demand

Stop by the Varied Industry booth #120 or the Checkoff hospitality tent to learn more.

Pork Checkoff Hospitality Tent

World Pork Expo, Pork Checkoff Hospitality Tent


  • North of the Varied Industries Building
  • Enjoy great pork fellowship
  • Breakfast and bacon snacks served daily. Including breakfast burritos, double-bacon corndogs, Sriracha caramel bacon popcorn, and bacon chex mix.
  • Free lunch Wednesday and Thursday at noon.
  • Business luncheons have moved to the Pork Checkoff Hospitality tent. Business luncheon speakers, Elwynn Taylor and Steve Meyer, will present market and weather updates.


 Pork Checkoff Booth

World Pork Expo, Pork Checkoff

  • Varied Industries Building
  • Booth #120
  • Learn about new Checkoff resources
  • Have your questions about certifications or other Checkoff programs answered
  • Learn how you can better incorporate We Care into your farm
  • Enter for a chance to win a FREE iPad!



 World Pork Expo Junior National Activities

National Pork Board, World Pork Expo, Team Purebred, Show PigsFor a schedule of the Youth PQA Plus® and adult PQA Plus® certification sessions and other Pork Checkoff-sponsored activities at the World Pork Expo Junior National Hog Show, visit:

National Junior Swine Association

Team Purebred

The Pork Checkoff will provide breakfast and lunch to exhibitors on Thursday and Friday.




PORK Academy


Varied Industries Bldg. Room C

Moderator:  TBD

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                                                                                         

FDA ABX Guidance

Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board

Harry Snelson, American Association Swine Veterinarians

This session will provide an overview of regulatory changes on antibiotic use in food animals and what it will mean on the farm.


Moderator: Patrick Webb, National Pork Board

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Secure Pork Supply

Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University

The secure pork supply plan is being developed to help maintain business continuity in the event of trade limiting foreign animal disease of swine. Recently the producer components of the plan were piloted in Iowa. This session will provide an overview of the pilot project and the experiences of the production system that participated.    


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Moderator: TBD

Common Industry Audit 

Sherrie Webb, National Pork Board                                                                    

As packers have begun implementing on-farm audit programs for their suppliers, the National Pork Board has facilitated the development of the Common Swine Industry Audit to reduce burdens on producers and build audit process clarification across the industry. Sherrie will highlight progress of the standard industry audit and help producers be prepared for when they are called.


Moderator: Lisa Becton, National Pork Board

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) 

Paul Thomas, AMVC

This session will provide the most up-to-date research information on the management and control of PEDV within the U.S., including information and biosecurity interventions for transportation.


Moderator: TBD

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

U.S. Pork Exports – Situation & Outlook

Dermot Hayes – Iowa State University

Becca Nepple, National Pork Board

Plan to learn about U.S. pork export markets, gain insight into world economics and the growing opportunity for global trade.


Varied Industries Bldg. Room C

Moderator:  TBD

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.      

Sow Lifetime Productivity

Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board

The number of quality pigs a sow produces from the time she becomes breeding eligible until she leaves the herd is more comprehensive than simply measuring pigs per sow per year. It more fully represents the overall efficiency with which she produces pigs and has a greater impact on profitability of the entire enterprise. Nutrition, genetic selection, environment, animal welfare and health are just a few of the bigger factors that affect productivity. Research is being conducted that to provide pork producers with management tools to improve sow lifetime productivity. 


Moderator: Jan Archer, Archer Farms Inc.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   

Mark Rice, North Carolina State University

Planning for an emergency mass-depopulation of swine in response to a foreign animal disease outbreak

In the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States, a method for rapid on-farm swine mass-depopulation that meets American Veterinary Medical planning tools and the basic planning concepts for an on-farm system that can beAssociation (AVMA) recommendations will be required. This session will present assembled from readily available, low-cost materials.


Moderator: TBD

11:15 p.m. – Noon           

The Swine Health Information Center – A New Defense for the Industry

Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board

The experience of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has offered many lessons. We have learned the logistics of today’s pork production is so large that the likelihood of being able to protect against the entry of another disease is, at best, extremely small. International travel has dramatically increased, and pork producers import a wide variety of inputs onto their farms. This session will share how we can prepare for future production diseases and how the Swine Health Information Center can help with coordinated federal, state and industry responses.


Moderator: Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Mitigating Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity

Tim Safranski, University of Missouri

This session will provide information on the impacts of seasonality of swine, including recent research that has measured the impact of in utero heat stress on subsequent growth, composition and reproductive efficiency. More research is being done now to define the in utero effect.


Moderator: Steve Larsen, National Pork Board

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Pork Quality

David Newman, North Dakota State University

Dustin Boler, University of Illinois

Consistent, high-quality pork will increase positive eating experiences for consumers.  David will discuss the results of the updated retail quality study along with the direction of improving pork quality.  Dustin will present on Checkoff funded research correlating the quality from different primals of the pork carcass.


For more information about Pork Checkoff-sponsored events and activities at World Pork Expo, call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675.  For information about other World Pork Expo activities, visit