2022 World Pork Expo - June 8-10, 2022 - Iowa State Fairgrounds

World Pork Expo By the Numbers

World Pork Expo Overview

  • World Pork Expo spans 3 days — June 9-11, 2021 — at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, and is brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council.
  • The commitment and support of 12 Gold Sponsors and 30 Silver Sponsors plays an essential role in making WPX possible
  • The National Pork Producers Council celebrated the 30th anniversary of World Pork Expo in 2018. 
  • 400 companies from North America and around the world will be on-site, displaying products and services at booths, outdoor exhibits and hospitality tents at the 2021 WPX.
  • More than 20,000 pork producers and ag professionals from throughout the world attend WPX each year.
  • The exhibit space, which presents the latest pork production products, services and technologies, is expected to exceed 300,000 square feet in 2021.

FREE with Admission

  • Attendees can participate in 13 business seminars Wednesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 10, in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
  • There are 6 PORK Academy seminars that will take place throughout Wednesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 10. Pork producers and their employees can learn about nutrition management, understanding consumers, data collection and much more.
  • 10,000 mouthwatering pork lunches will be served at the Big Grill located south of the Varied Industries building.
  • Shop the nearly 700 booths that make up the world's largest pork-specific trade show — open 23 hours over the course of three days.
  • Visit the 50+ hospitality tents placed throughout the fairgrounds — along Grand Avenue and Ruan Plaza. Expo attendees can drop in and visit with company representatives to learn about the latest innovations and developments.

Additional Activities

  • The World Pork Open Clay Target Championship takes place at the New Pioneer Gun Club in Waukee, Iowa.
  • 144 golfers can participate in the annual World Pork Open Golf Outing held at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, Iowa on Tuesday, June 8.

Lodging

  • In the Greater Des Moines Area, 27 Official World Pork Expo hotels are offering special Expo rates. Catch Des Moines provides other hotel options as well as a calendar of area events.
  • 2,300 campsites are available on 160 acres within the Iowa State Fairgrounds for those interested in camping on-site during WPX.
  • Each year, more than 3,000 hotel rooms are booked throughout Des Moines and the surrounding area for WPX attendees.

Pork Production

  • Nationwide, more than 60,000 pork producers market more than 115 million hogs annually.
  • Approximately 48 million pigs are raised in Iowa annually, making it the No. 1 pork-producing state in the nation.
  • About 550,000 U.S. jobs are supported by various aspects of the pork industry, from local business to national and international brands.
  • U.S. pork production contributes nearly $40 billion to the nation’s economy each year.