SHELDON, Iowa -- The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the new Pork Quality Assurance Plus™ (PQAPlus™) program. ISU Extension swine field specialist Dave Stender said the next training date on Friday, Aug. 15, at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon will feature simultaneous English and Spanish sessions.
“The PQAPlus™ program is important for everyone who works with pigs, and having two different language sessions is one way we can deliver the same information to a larger group of people from northwest Iowa at the same time,“ Stender said. “When people preregister, they need to tell us which session they plan to attend.”
Stender worked with area pork production companies to schedule this unique arrangement, and said the sessions will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in Building A at the college.
“The Spanish language session will be taught by Orlando Gil in room 117, and I’ll teach the English language session in room 118,” Stender said. “If there are some common questions, we’ll easily be able to share them with both groups.”
Cost for the certification program is $25 per person, payable at the door. However, to ensure there are adequate materials for all attendees, preregistration is necessary.
To preregister or for more information, contact Stender at the Cherokee County ISU Extension office by phone at (712) 225-6196 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.