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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — There are some big changes to the 2016 Illinois Pork Expo, which runs Feb. 16-17 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.
The entire event is held at one location and includes the annual legislative reception.
Here's a list of educational seminars for Feb. 17:
  • Contract Producer Opportunities will focus on opportunities and what to expect, building a barn, lending requirements, and fertilizer values.
  • Juggling Farm & Family Life will have a panel discussion on balancing life, family, and work and also food ideas for families on the go.
  • Manure Management will focus on manure value, application technologies, and regulations
  • Barn Management will focus on ventilation control, new pig care, and safe animal handling
There will also be general seminars on health issues and markets.
A seminar series designed specifically for show pig and youth exhibitors will also be held Feb. 17. This will include updates from various associations and on the Illinois State Fair. They will also talk about Seneca Valley Virus, antibiotics, and changes in the kind/type of show pigs.
Illinois' largest swine specific trade show will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 16 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17. The trade show is full and includes 162 booths representing 130 companies.
IPPA's annual meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 16. Delegates from across Illinois will debate and approve policy issues related to pork production, organizational issues and elect IPPA board members.
The recognition luncheon will be at noon on Feb. 16. An additional ticket is required for the luncheon.
Illinois Pork PAC auctions, both silent and live, will be held throughout the expo.  The proceeds from both auctions will go to IL Pork PAC to support legislators and legislative efforts that support the pork industry.
The Pork Production Auction will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 16 on the trade show floor. Agribusiness have generously donated many quality products and services ranging from feed and vaccines to baseball tickets and gift cards! All proceeds from this auction will go towards IPPA’s non-checkoff activities.
This year, the event includes an annual legislative reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 on the trade show floor. Farmers will have the chance to engage with legislators and talk to them about the industry. 
Register by Jan. 27 for a discounted rate. To register, go to www.ilpork.com, then calendar, then IL Pork Expo. IPPA members receive free admission and should bring along the expo admission coupon includes in their January issue of ChopTalk.
For more information, about the Illinois Pork Expo visit www.ilpork.com or call (217) 529-3100.


 


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