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World Pork Expo

The World Pork Expo is the largest pork-specific trade show in the world, bringing approximately 20,000 U.S. and global pork producers and industry professionals to Des Moines, Iowa, for three days of networking, innovation and education on a wide range of industry topics. This world-class event offers something for everyone, including an abundance of delicious pork! If you’re part of the pork industry, you should be part of World Pork Expo. (Early June)


Star Destinations’ itineraries honor the USDA & U.S. Department of Agriculture’s biosecurity recommendation of a five-day wait period for international travelers upon arrival in the U.S. before exposure to U.S. livestock (animals or poultry).

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Day 1

Welcome to Chicago, Illinois, known as the Windy City! Settle in with a relaxing dinner and overnight accommodation in/near Chicago.

Day 2

After breakfast at your leisure, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, shopping and adventure in Chicago and its surrounding areas (many customizable options are available!) Dinner and overnight accommodation in/near Chicago.

Day 3

Start your day with breakfast before meeting with an industry professional in your group’s area of interest. Then visit a farm equipment supplier that manufactures the latest in hog equipment/feeders. Enjoy dinner and your overnight accommodations in the Quad Cities with many entertainment options.

Day 4

Have breakfast at the hotel in preparation for today’s travels to Des Moines where you will meet with local pork industry professionals from the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Tonight, enjoy a hog roast and overnight accommodations in/near Des Moines.

Day 5

Gear up for the World Pork Expo with an early breakfast. Enjoy a full day at the World Pork Expo, lunch voucher included, and then reminisce on your favorite displays and new technologies over dinner.

Day 6

Feed your quest for knowledge! Meet with Iowa State University’s swine program experts to learn about their practices, nutrition and ongoing research before making a technical visit to a working farm.

Day 7

Further customize your tour by adding additional days in Des Moines, or transfer to a second destination for leisure travel (Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, etc). Transfer to the Des Moines or Chicago airport for your journey home (or elsewhere).