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Quality Management Systems Training June 15 Prior to National Value-added Agriculture Conference


AMES, Iowa - A workshop on Quality Management Systems (QMS) and its value to agricultural enterprises will be held Wednesday, June 15 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. The day- long session is being held in conjunction with the National Value-Added Agriculture Conference June 16-17. The workshop is sponsored by the Value-Added Agriculture Program at Iowa State University and the North Central Risk Management Education Center.

The "train the trainers" workshop, led by Iowa State University's Value-Added Agriculture Program, will provide attendees with an understanding of Quality Management Systems. QMS is a general term for a systematic approach to business and production processes with an emphasis on the customer and on quality outcomes. Examples include ISO-9000 and the USDA Process Verified Program.

"Innovative agricultural producers need a business model that meets their demands for profitability," says Marsha Laux, program coordinator at Iowa State University. "The model needs to blend well with the realities of niche, specialty or premium markets."

"Quality Management Systems offer a structured and integrated approach to help balance the complexity of managing a dynamic farming operation," according to Ray Hansen, program coordinator with Iowa State University.

Iowa State University Extension has adapted the QMS training to a web-based system. This web-based training is flexible and convenient for innovative, forward-thinking producers.

Cost of the workshop registration is $100. It includes a notebook, CD, and a complete set of ISO 9000-2000 American National Standard booklets. The registration deadline is June 3. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

To reserve your registration, visit the Ag Marketing Resource Center (http://www.agmrc.org/) and select the Quality Management Systems Training link listed under featured information for Business Development. Or fax attendee name, title, organization, address, phone, fax and e-mail to:  Iowa State University, Attn: Ray Hansen, (515) 294-9496, or e-mail rhansen@iastate.edu, and mail your registration fee of $100 to 1111 NSRIC Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 50011-3310.

Calendar of Value-Added Ag Events
May 13-15,  Food Business Incubator Network (FoodBin) Conference, Portland, Ore. Contact Carol Coren at 503-872-6657, or by e-mail at carol.coren@oregonstate.edu

June 15,  Quality Management Systems Workshop, Indianapolis. Contact Ray Hansen at 515-294-3890, or by e-mail: hansenr@iastate.edu/.

June 16-17,  Seventh Annual National Value-Added Ag Conference, Indianapolis. Contact Jane Anderson at 765-496-3099, or by e-mail: jane1@purdue.edu


Contacts :
Ray Hansen, Iowa State University, (515) 294-3890, hansenr@iastate.edu Malinda Miller, Ag Marketing Resource Center, (515) 294-5281,