Iowa State PQA Plus deadline extended

The application deadline for the May 4 Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®) Advisors certification program being offered by the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU) has been extended. James McKean, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating the training program and said those interested in participating now have through Friday, April 29, to submit their application to attend. FULL STORY »

PQA Plus, TQA certification sessions coming to World Pork Expo

The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is partnering with Iowa State University Extension swine specialists and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to offer Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification sessions free of charge at World Pork Expo in June. FULL STORY »

PQA Plus Hits Milestone in Iowa

\There are now 5,471 Iowa pork production sites that have been assessed through the industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. This marks a significant milestone, including nearly 14,000 Iowans who are certified in the PQA Plus training program. FULL STORY »

PQA Plus Advisor training offered May 4

Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus® program. The certification process requires attendance at a daylong training session and passing an exam at the conclusion of that session. The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU) will hold one such training May 4. FULL STORY »

Online PQA Plus certification approaching

Ohio State University Swine Extension will be conducting an Adult PQA Plus training program on March 31, 2011 through a distance education approach. Dale Ricker will be conducting an internet/phone-based PQA Plus training program from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. FULL STORY »

Spanish PQA Plus webinar offered

A free webinar for PQA Plus certification in Spanish will be April 7 beginning at 2 p.m. CST. Registration for the Spanish PQA Plus webinar training is limited. FULL STORY »

PQA Plus certification session scheduled, March 1

The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQAPlus®) program. One such session has been set for March 1 in Mahaska County. FULL STORY »

Next PORK 101 class scheduled, Mar. 1-3

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) and the National Pork Board have teamed up to host PORK 101, a program focused on bringing pork producers up-to-date information on quality and consistency issues facing the pork industry. FULL STORY »

PQA Plus, TQA sessions scheduled

The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) and the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension have teamed up to provide training for pork producers interested in Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transporter Quality Insurance (TQA) certification. Upcoming programs have been schedule for Feb. 23 in Elma, Iowa and March 29 in Ames, Iowa. FULL STORY »

Safety culture starts with management

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, and leads all other industries in work-related fatalities. A majority of agricultural accidents involve some type of machinery or equipment. On pork operations, most accidents occur during animal/human interaction. FULL STORY »

PQA Plus Advisor Recertification Session Offered

People who become certified as Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus program are required to recertify every three years. That means those certified during the initial training period in 2007 and early 2008 need to complete a recertification training and testing session now.
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