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A pig drinks some water at the 2019 Kempton Fair in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

For the second year in a row, disease concerns have prompted the cancellation of the world’s largest pork-focused trade show.

The World Pork Expo was scrapped last year as a precaution against African swine fever, a devastating livestock disease. This year, it was a human ailment, COVID-19, that did in the show.

The expo normally attracts more than 20,000 people in early June to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The National Pork Producers Council, which organizes the event, said it will try again next year.


According to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, farmers in New York had planted, as of May 10, 29% of their barley (23% in 2019), 8% corn (less than 5% in 2019), 36% oats (26% in 2019), 17% onions (16% in 2019), and no soybeans (the same in 2019). Read more