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.
According to the Cresco Times Plain Dealer, the Feb. 23 program will be held at the Innovative Ag Services at 205 Busti Avenue in Elma, Iowa.
Mark Storlie, ISU Extension swine specialist, said that the PQA Plus program will be offered from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the TQA session will run from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“Attend one program or both, but pre-registration is required,” Storlie said.
Certification costs $25 per person for one program or $30 per person for both programs. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be made by contacting the Fayette County Extension office at 563-425-3331.
The Iowa Pork Industry Center said in a news release that the March 29 session is for PQA plus only. It will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa. Cost is $50 per person.
James McKean, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian said the session will be taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers.
“The session is limited to the first 30 participants who preregister and pay the recertification fee of $50 per person,” McKean said. “Preregistration is strongly encouraged by March 22 to ensure the new PQA Plus materials will be available for each participant. No walk-ins will be accepted.”
The preregistration form is available online at http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/PQAPRecert032911.docx.
To learn more about PQA Plus please see the National Pork Board Web site at http://www.pork.org/Producers/PQAP.aspx.