PQA Plus© & TQA Training Session Set in Dallas County

The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus® v2.0 (PQA Plus® v2.0) and/or Transport Quality Assurance program. The certification sessions have been set for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Dallas County Extension office located at 28059 Fairground Road in Adel, Iowa. 
 
Updated in June 2013, the revised in PQA Plus® v2.0 provides a framework for significant, relevant food safety standards and improved animal well-being. Pork producers pride themselves on the commitment to continuous improvement and the PQA Plus is regularly revised to increase its effectiveness, incorporate new research information and ensure the program’s validity.
 
ISU Extension Swine Specialist Matt Swantek will be offering the TQA training from 12:30-3 p.m. and the PQA Plus® v2.0 training from 3:15–6 p.m. Training sessions are limited to 30 people but at least five participants are needed to hold the training sessions.  
 
All training events are sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and are free for all Iowa pork producers. Pre-registration is requested to lclemenson@iowapork.org or (800) 372-7675.
 
There is an online recertification option for those who have current PQA Plus® certification.  Contact Matt Swantek at mswantek@iastate.edu or any other PQA Plus® v2.0 certified advisor for additional information and setting up the ability to test online.  New certification or producers with expired certification will require a face-to-face training.

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