The Iowa Pork Producers Association is now offering $100 rebates to Iowa pork producers who complete PQA Plus Site Assessments prior to Dec. 31.

“We are happy to partner with the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council to help producers reduce the cost of these assessments,” said Tyler Bettin, IPPA producer education director. “Completing all aspects of the PQA Plus program shows producer’s commitment to quality assured pork production.”

The following requirements and stipulations apply:

Rebates available on a first-come, first served basis only as funds are available. Please do not delay!

  • Limit of one rebate per production entity
  • No rebates will be mailed until October 2009
  • Rebate amount may not equal more than the total assessment cost
  • Producer must postmark the rebate form before Jan. 5, 2010
  • All site status paperwork must be completed
  • Rebates valid for assessments conducted from July 10 through Dec. 31

IPPA and the National Pork Board are encouraging all producers to become PQA Plus-certified and achieve PQA Plus Site Status. The purpose of this program is to encourage producers to be proactive in providing the best possible care for their animals and show commitment to the ethical principles of pork production as outlined in the We Care responsible pork initiative. Having a PQA Plus advisor review your operation can both improve the well-being and productivity of animals by noting changes or additions that may not otherwise be noticed.

Producers are asked to visit www.iowapork.org to access the form and then work with their PQA Plus adviser to complete and return it to IPPA.

Interested producers should contact Bettin at tbettin@iowapork.org or (800) 372-7675 with questions, to request a form, or to see if funds are still available.