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FSQA Training & Testing


  • Iowa 4-H’ers produce over 17 million pounds of meat each year, which all goes into the American food supply. 
  •  Consumers expect a safe, high quality food product.
  •  4-H’ers need to know the food production rules and follow them exactly.

What is FSQA?

  • The Iowa 4-H Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) program focuses on seven Good Production Practices that help ensure the safety of the food you produce.
  •  4-H’ers in the Swine project have been doing this for years – It was called PAQ II (Pork Quality Assurance).
  • When 4-H’ers meet the 4-H FSQA certification, they also meet the Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance certification. 

Who Needs FSQA?

  • All youth selling livestock at the Allamakee County Fair:  beef, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit or goats.
  • All youth Exhibiting dairy at the Allamakee County Fair.
  • All youth exhibiting livestock at the Iowa State Fair.   

How do I certify for FSQA?

  • Junior 4-H’ers (grades 4-6) must attend a certification program every year to be FSQA certified.
  • 4-H’ers in grades 7-9 have the option to test for certification at their age level.  The certification is good until the 4-H’er is in 10th grade.  At that time he/she will need to test for certification at the Senior level.   
  • 4-H’ers in grades 10-12 have the option to test for certification at their age level.  The certification is good until the 4-H’er graduates. 

When and Where do I certify for FSQA?
TWO trainings have been scheduled for Allamakee County, Preregistration is required:
Thursday, May 8 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank
Saturday, June 14 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau Office

What if I want to test out?

  • Tests can be taken at the Extension Office during office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, please call 563-568-6345 to make arrangements.
  • You need to receive 70% to pass.
  • You may take up to 3 tests in one day.

 Here is a list of 4-H members who do not need to attend training or test in 2014.  FSQA List,   questions call or email


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