Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) training programs for Iowa producers have been scheduled for June, July and August, according to the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). The training sessions are sponsored by IPPA, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. All sessions are free to pork producers.

In addition, producers will be able to receive the training when they attend the 2012 World Pork Expo on Wednesday, June 6, in Des Moines. PQA Plus training will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) hosted from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room A-2 of the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Since space is limited, those nterested should pre-register by contacting Tyler Bettin, IPPA producer education director, at (515) 225-7675 or tbettin@iowapork.org.

PQA Plus and TQA training sessions will also be offered in each of the eight IPPA districts throughout the remainder of the summer:

District 1

Tuesday, July 10

Northwest Iowa Community College

Building C, Room 341


District 2

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Humboldt County Extension office

727 Sumner Ave.


District 3

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Borlaug Learning Center

3327 290th St.


District 4

Thursday, Aug. 9

Delaware County Extension Office

1417 North Franklin St.


District 5

Thursday, June 21

Cass County Community Center

805 West 10th St.


District 6

Tuesday, June 26

Dallas County Extension & Outreach

28059 Fairground Rd.


District 7

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Marshall County Extension Office

2608 South 2nd St., lower level


District 8

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Johnson County Extension office

3109 Old Hwy. 218 S.

Iowa City


All district locations offer PQA Plus from 10 a.m. to noon and TQA from 1:30 to 4 p.m. All sessions are sponsored by IPPA and the Pork Checkoff. Producers are encouraged to pre-register to allow adequate space and materials. To pre-register or for more information, contact IPPA at (515) 225-7675 or e-mail tbettin@iowapork.org.

“Pork producers continue to show their dedication to safe and responsible pork production through their participation in PQA Plus, TQA and We Care,” said IPPA President Bill Tentinger. “These programs allow us to continue improving our industry and educate the hard working American farmers providing food for the U.S. and the world.”