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.

YQCA for 4-Her's/FFA members taking Animals to the 2022 Black Hawk County Fair/State Fair



You must be YQCA Certified to SHOW your market animal at

the 2022 Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA FAIR! YQCA is done yearly.

Clover Kids do not need to have YQCA.
After you have completed your training email your CERTIFICATE to Diane at wolfejd@iastate.edu
If you are showing at the 2022 Iowa State Fair you must do YQCA.

To take the Online YQCA Training login by July 1st! 

More about the Online Training

  • The courses are setup by age level. The family should choose to register the child for the course age that corresponds to their child's age on December 31 of the previous calendar year (2021).
  • Only youth who were age 12, 15, and 19 will have the option to attempt to test out by successfully passing a quiz for a multiple year certification. They still have to pay $12. If they do not pass, they will need to take the singular age course and pass to receive the one year certification.
  • Certifications are valid for one year from the date of completion.
  • You must be enrolled in 4HOnline to be able to take the training.
  • If you fail the quizzes, you can re-take after an hour.
  • After you pass please email Diane at wolfejd@iastate.edu to tell her you PASSED!

YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) certification is required for all market and dairy animal exhibitors wishing to show at the Black Hawk County Fair or Iowa State Fairs. This includes beef, bottle calves, dairy and meat goats and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, all rabbits, and poultry. (Horses, Llamas and Pets are not required).

YQCA Training