For the second year in a row, World Pork Expo has been canceled over disease concerns.

World Pork Expo is the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, where more than 20,000 industry professionals gather for three days to showcase innovations, introduce new products and participate in training and educational programs.

In 2019, the National Pork Producers Council canceled the event over fears of African swine fever. The NPPC on Monday, March 30, announced that the 2020 event also would be canceled, this time due to COVID-19 human health concerns. The expo had been scheduled for June 3-5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

“While deeply disappointed to cancel this year’s Expo, NPPC’s board of directors unanimously agreed it was prudent to make this decision now,” said NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “By eliminating COVID 19-related uncertainty surrounding the event, we allow producers and others across the industry to focus on the essential role we play in the nation’s food supply system at this critical time.”

World Pork Expo 2021 is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“We will do our part to support the nation’s transition back to normalcy and look forward to making next year’s World Pork Expo better than ever,” added Roth.