Columbia, Mo.,-The Missouri Pork Association welcomes producers, suppliers and distributors to the 2013 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 Wednesday, February 13 and runs through Thursday afternoon, February 14 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

The Educational Series and one-day swine trade show are feature attractions for the 2013 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 more than 70 agricultural businesses. The show registration, sponsored by Davidson Construction and Management Co. LLC, opens at 8 am Wednesday and includes a silent auction, as well as the Trade Show Hospitality Area, sponsored by Monsanto and the National Pork Producers Council. Live auction items to be sold during the Pork Industry Banquet will also be on display. The trade show closes at 5 pm that evening.

More than 100 youth are expected to complete Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) certification during the 2013 In the Show Ring educational workshop, sponsored by Heimer Hampshires and Lindner United. The Wednesday workshop prepares young people to show swine at the local and state levels. Youth will learn good management, nutrition and showmanship practices during sessions led by industry professionals. Live animals for the sessions will be provided by OBC Genetics of Wellsville. Participants will also enjoy lunch and a scavenger hunt, sponsored by FCS Financial. SMQA certification is required for youth swine exhibitors in Missouri.

The Missouri Pork Expo will host a barbecue lunch on Wednesday, sponsored by Cargill Pork. The lunch is $5 per person. This will follow the FFA Pork Speaking Contest finals, sponsored by Alltech.

The 2013 Expo Educational Series kicks off February 13 at 9:30 with a PQA Plus Certification training, sponsored by the Missouri Pork Association. Our afternoon sessions will cover many topics important to producers. Three concurrent sessions will begin at 1:00 pm: Managing Risk on the Farm with Ben Neville, American Heartland Insurance Agency, and Robert Brundage, Newman, Comley & Ruth P.C.; A Look at the Owner’s Manual that Didn’t Come with Your Hog Barn with Dr. Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, sponsored by Elanco Animal Health; and Planning Your Response to On-Farm Emergencies with Jerry Foster, Cargill Pork.

At 2:00 pm, three more concurrent sessions will begin: Agricultural Estate & Succession Planning with Brent and Connie Haden, Law Firm of Haden & Byrne, LLC, sponsored by Missouri Soybean Programs; Swine Manure Systems and Handling Issues with Dr. Steve Pohl, South Dakota State University; and Early Pig Care with David Baumert, DVM, Cargill Pork, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health.

The Pork Industry Banquet, co-sponsored by the Pork Checkoff and Farmland Foods, will include a wine tasting, courtesy of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, as well as the Missouri Pork Association’s live auction. Tickets for the banquet, which will feature a French Cut Parmesan Encrusted Pork Chop, are only $30 prior to the Expo, and $35 on site.

The Educational Series continues February 14 with the Pork Leadership Breakfast, featuring Dr. Wes Jamison with Palm Beach Atlantic University. Dr. Jamison will discuss the history of the animal rights movement, its current status, and its impact on the pork industry. There is an additional $50 fee to attend the breakfast prior to the Expo, $60 on site, which is sponsored by Murphy Brown LLC.

Stay after breakfast for topics presented by the Commercial Agriculture Program at the University of Missouri, sponsored by Novartis Animal Health. Faculty from MU will cover several topics, including a Feed Cost/Manure Value Optimizer, Economic Impact of Finishing Pigs in Missouri, Timed AI, Weather Outlook, a Farm Bill Update and a Market Outlook. The Expo concludes with a Missouri Pork Association Board meeting on Thursday afternoon, which is open to all producers.

Additional sponsors for the 2013 Missouri Pork Expo include ADM Alliance Nutrition, Boehringer Ingelheim, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, DARPRO – A Darling Griffin Brand, Landmark Bank, Merck Animal Health, Missouri Agribusiness Association, Nedap Agri North America, Purina Animal Nutrition, Rabo Agri-Finance and UPI/Parks.

Registration for the Expo trade show and educational sessions is free. There is a non-exhibiting supplier fee of $50.

More information regarding the 2013 Missouri Pork Expo is available at, or by calling the Missouri Pork Association at (573) 445-8375.