Pork producers can earn their individual certification for Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) at a free training on Sept. 8 at the 4-H Family Center located on the Le Sueur County Fairgrounds, Highway 99, Le Center. The PQA Plus training begins at 7 p.m.

To assure adequate seating and materials, preregistration is strongly encouraged. To preregister, telephone the Minnesota Pork Board office at (800) 537-7675 or e-mail colleen@mnpork.com. When preregistering, provide your name, address, telephone number and e-mail, if available.

PQA Plus is required of individuals who provide daily care of pigs, such as owners, managers and employees, as a condition of sale by nearly all packers. The PQA Plus training also describes the site assessment process and how to achieve PQA Plus Site Status. The minimum age for PQA Plus certification eligibility is 14.

Pork producers can check their PQA Plus status by calling the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675. Contact your hog buyer/packer for their specific PQA Plus certification and PQA Plus Site Status requirements.

PQA Plus trainings are hosted by the Minnesota Pork Board, Pork Checkoff and University of Minnesota Extension Swine Team. For additional training locations and dates go to www.mnpork.com.