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World Pork Expo starts today in Des Moines

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

The World Pork Expo begins today in Des Moines.  20,000 producers and industry professionals are expected to attend the event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The world's largest pork-specific trade show features business seminars, hundreds of exhibitors, breed shows and sales, and plenty of food and entertainment.

Industry officials say proposed trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are among their top priorities.  National Pork Producers Council president Doug Wolf says the trade deals are a key issue. The Obama administration has begun the process of submitting final legislation for the agreements but it's not clear when Congress will get final versions of the trade pacts.

A study by Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes indicates the deals would add more than $11 to the price a producer gets for each hog and generate thousands of jobs. Failure to reach deals could reduce U.S. pork sales.

The expo runs through Friday.

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