With the launch of the new Pork Quality Assurance Plus 2.0 (PQA Plus) at the 2013 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, all PQA Plus advisors will need to be recertified by August to maintain their advisor status. PQA Plus advisors will have the opportunity to renew or certify as an advisor on June 19, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the Veterinary and Biomedical Science building on the campus of South Dakota State University.

The qualifications for attending the training session to become a Certified PQA Plus Advisor include:

  1. Being a veterinarian, being an Extension Specialist, or being an Ag Educator (for the purposes of PQA Plus, the definition of an ag educator is a person who spends full time in adult education or at least 50 percent time in production training) and  
  2. Having a D.V. M., or B.S. in Animal Science (or equivalent) and
  3. Having two years of recent documentable swine production experience

New or recertifying advisors must pre-register by June 10 to make sure that all in attendance will receive the new PQA Plus 2.0 materials. To pre-register, contact Ashley Gelderman, SDSU Extension Swine Field Specialist, at 605-782-3290.