Two Transport Quality Assurance advisor training workshops are scheduled for 2010.  The workshops are scheduled for Feb. 23 and May 11 and will take place at the National Pork Board office in Des Moines, Iowa. The workshops are intended for individuals who want to train and certify producers, transporters and animal handlers in TQA.

TQA certification of transporters delivering hogs is required by major packers in the United States.  The program focuses on promoting the well-being of pigs during moving and transport, and on improving the quality of pork and pork products.

The workshops offered will certify individuals as TQA advisors capable of offering TQA training and certification to producers, handlers and transporters of pigs.  The workshops update attendees on issues facing transporters and pork producers in today's industry and provide teaching materials and teaching tools that will facilitate the transfer of information to future TQA certified individuals.

A complete agenda, as well as dates and locations for the 2010 TQA advisor training workshops is available online at or by clicking here.  Questions regarding TQA or the workshops can be directed to the pork checkoff service center at (800) 456-PORK.

Source: NPB