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Iowa Pork Industry Center to Offer PQA Plus® Advisor Recertification Sessions

Note to media editors: This recertification session is limited to 30 participants per session, with a prepregistration deadline of May 21 or when the 30-person limit is reached -- whichever comes first.

4/20/2010

AMES, Iowa -- People who become certified as Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus® Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus® program are required to recertify every three years. That means those certified during the initial training period in 2007 need to complete a recertification training and testing session in 2010. The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU) has planned four such recertification sessions in early June at three locations in Iowa.

James McKean, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, said all four sessions will be taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus® trainers.

“Each session is limited to 30 participants who must preregister and pay the recertification fee of $50 per person prior to the session,” McKean said. “Preregistration is required to ensure the new PQA Plus® materials will be available for each participant, so no walk-ins will be accepted.”

The sessions will be filled on a first received, first accepted basis, so people should submit their preregistration and payment as soon as possible. The preregistration form is available online at   http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/PQAPRecert.doc. It also is available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at 515-294-4103.

The recertification session dates, times and locations are as follows.
 
* Wednesday, June 2. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Ames, Iowa State University campus, Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room.
* Wednesday, June 2. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Ames, Iowa State University campus, Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room.
* Thursday, June 3. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street, Building C, Room C349
* Friday, June 4. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Ainsworth, Marr Park, Hwy. 92

PQA Plus® was developed by the Pork Industry Animal Care Coalition, to be a continuous improvement program. The coalition, made up of pork producers, packers/processors, restaurants and food retailers, dedicated itself to finding a food-industry solution that would give confidence to consumers that U.S. pork is produced in a way that respects animal well-being. PQA Plus® merges the food safety and animal well-being concepts of the original PQA program into three steps: individual certification through education, farm site assessment, and the opportunity for project verification that gives customer credibility. For more information on PQA Plus® contact the National Pork Board at 800-456-PORK, or go to http://pork.org/Producers/PQAP.aspx?c=PQAP.

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Contacts :
James McKean, Iowa Pork Industry Center, (515) 294-6301, x2mckean@iastate.edu
Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, (515) 294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu