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.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

All Allamakee County 4-H members exhibiting livestock (except horse and dog) at the Allamakee County Fair MUST be YQCA certified to be eligible to show at the 2024 Allamakee County Fair and/or Iowa State Fair.

Youth may attend an in-person training or complete their certification online through the web-based training, all certifications must be completed and submitted to the Allamakee County Extension Office by May 15, 2024. Test out is no longer accepted in Allamakee County. In-Person training dates are scheduled for February and March. Youth must pre-register and submit payment online for the in-person trainings, I will not allow walk-ins for the trainings.

In-person training dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 -> 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM – NICC Waukon Center
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024 -> 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM – NICC Waukon Center
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 -> 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM – NICC Waukon Center
  • Youth in grades 7-12 may attend an in-person training or may complete their certification online.

All payments will be paid online to the YQCA program, the Extension Office does not handle payments for YQCA training certification.

Families will be receiving a family letter with more details and instructions on how to register for either the online training or in-person training (letters sent out on 1/10/2024). When registering visit https://yqcaprogram.org/. If you did not create a new account last spring, you will have to do that in order to register for an in-person training or to certify online. 



YQCA certification must be completed for all 4-H and FFA members and a copy of the certificate must be submitted to the Allamakee County Extension Office by May 15, 2024. They may drop off a paper copy or email a copy to us.