The National Pork Board is seeking participants interested in becoming Pork Quality Assurance Plus advisors. The certification process requires attendance at a day-long training session and successfully passing an exam at the conclusion of that session.  One such training program is being offered by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University.

James McKean, IPIC associate director and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating the training which will be held May 7 at the Quality Inn, 2601 East 13th St. in Ames, Iowa. To be eligible to submit an application, interested individuals must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a veterinarian, extension specialist or ag educator
  • Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science or an equivalent combination of education and swine production experience as determined by the PQA Plus trainer reviewing the application
  • Have two years of recent documented swine production experience.

Those who qualify and who are interested in the program should download, complete and submit the two-page application form available online. The form also is available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103. The application deadline is April 23, with the $75 due from approved applicants by April 30.

Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center