A one-day training session for certification to become a Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor under the National Pork Board’s PQA Plus program, is scheduled for Sept. 6. The training program will be held at the Quality Inn,

2601 East 13th Street, Ames, Iowa

To be eligible for the training, applicants must be a veterinarian, Extension specialist or ag educator -- defined for this program as a person who spends full time in adult education or at least half time in production training -- and have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.

James McKean, associate director of IowaPorkIndustryCenter and IowaStateUniversity Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating the training. He says “those who qualify and are interested in the program should download, complete and submit the two-page application form available online at The form is also available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.

Iowa State animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers will teach the session.The application deadline is Aug. 24 with the $75 registration fee due from approved applicants by Aug. 31.

For more information on PQA Plus, follow this link.

Source: IowaPorkIndustryCenter