The Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension are teaming up to offer free Pork Quality Assurance Plus, Transport Quality Assurance and confinement site manure applicator training and certification sessions during the Iowa Pork Congress Jan. 27-28.

The dates and times are:

● PQA Plus certification
Larry McMullen - Iowa State University Extension
Wednesday Jan. 27 - 10 a.m. - Noon
Hy-Vee Hall, Lower Level, Room 3

● TQA certification
David Stender - Iowa State University Extension
Wednesday, Jan. 27 - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, Lower Level, Room 3

● Confinement Site Manure Applicator certification
Angela Rieck-Hinz - Iowa State University
Thursday, Jan. 28 -10 a.m. - Noon
Hy-Vee Hall, Lower Level, Room 3

Producers are encouraged to pre-register for these sessions by contacting Tyler Bettin, IPPA producer education director, at (800) 372-7675 or tbettin@iowapork.org.

PQA Plus and TQA are part of the We Care responsible pork initiative established by the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council. By participating in this initiative, pork producers demonstrate their commitment to safe food, animal well-being, public health, the environment, their employees and their local communities. PQA Plus certification reminds pork producers how to use antibiotics responsibly, maintain adequate records and provide proper care to ensure animal well-being.

TQA helps swine transporters, producers and handlers understand how to properly handle, move and transport pigs and the potential impact of those actions on animal well-being and pork quality.
IPPA and the National Pork Board are encouraging all producers to become PQA Plus-certified and achieve PQA Plus site status prior to Dec. 31, 2010.

The 2010 Iowa Pork Congress will be held Jan. 27 and 28 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Source: IPPA