Member Info


FSQA – Mandatory Training and Testing

From the State 4-H Office—In today's world, food safety is one of animal producers' biggest responsibilities.  With over 15,000 Iowa 4-H'ers enrolled in livestock projects, about 17 million pounds of meat is produced each year. The goal of this program is to help youth and their parents better understand what they can do to produce the safest food possible.
 4-H and FFA members will need to be FSQA certified to show at the county and state fairs. FSQA stands for Food Safety Quality Assurance. Those that need to be certified include: market and breeding beef, swine, sheep and dairy (both dairy cattle and dairy goat), meat goat, rabbit and poultry. This is a great way to teach 4-H’ers and FFA members about record keeping, veterinarian and drug usage in project livestock, healthy production practices, care and handling, feed and feed additives, and biosecurity and ethics.
FSQA is mandatorythroughout the state for all 4th-12th graders showing those specific species above for county and state fairs. Youth must attend a training or take a test all at no cost. Check with the Extension Office to see if the member is certified or not.
· Grades 4-6 Must attend a training each year
· Grades 7-9 Attend training each year OR complete the intermediate test
· Grades 10-12 Attend training each year OR complete senior test
Testing can be done either at the training dates at Hawkeye Community College Farm Lab or stop in at the Extension Office by making an appointment with Alexia. To attend a training, call or email the Extension Office to sign up for one of the dates below. There will be no show clinics at the trainings this year but there will be one later this spring at the Grundy County fairgrounds.
Training Dates and Location (Farm lab is located west of the main campus):
Hawkeye Community College                  Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 am-10:30 am
Farm Lab                                                       Monday, March 30th, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
5503 Hammond Ave.                                  Saturday, April 11th, 9:00 am-10:30 am
Waterloo, IA 50701                                     Monday, April 13th, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
For more information about FSQA you can go to
Contact the Extension Office for more questions and details.

Treasurer Workshop Information

Clubs: please use the 4-H Treasurers Book to record monthly statements for club meetings. When doing audits for this year keep in mind that to do the audits the Extension Office will be looking for the treasurer book, checkbook register, and bank statements. To help guide you through the year, there are some helpful sheets to see that each month is recorded accurately.
Treasurer Book
Annual Financial Report & Monthly Helpsheets

County 4-H News

January 28, 2015

In the upcoming weeks, Theisen's will be offering FREE Poultry Workshops in or around Buchanan County.  A representative from Cargill Animal Nutrition will give the presentations.

January 28, 2015

Buchanan County 4-H members in 6th, 7th and 8th grade are invited to travel to Des Moines with Butler, Bremer, Black Hawk, Grundy, and Tama for a 4-H Legislative Day on Wednesday, Feb. 25th.

January 28, 2015

Wapsie Bowhunters are once again offering free archery classes for youth in Buchanan County.

January 23, 2015

Come join Alexia Hamlett at the Independence Library on Monday, Feb. 9th, 6-7 p.m., as she shows kids about portion control and have even more fun at a food fight!

January 2, 2015

All 1st, 2nd & 3rd graders - join us at the Jesup Library for four FREE Thursdays in February (Feb. 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th) for Scales and Tails!  All activities are designed to spark wonder and enthusiasm for the natural world and to teach humane ways to explore and learn about the reptile world around us.

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