Beef Quality Assurance Training

Beef Quality Assurance


Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training is hosted locally in Northwest Iowa by ISU Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist Beth Doran throughout the year. 

The trainings focus on best management practices that are sustainable and that enhance the quality of beef for consumers.

View BQA Information and Upcoming Trainings

Producers who are unable to attend an in-person training may complete training online

The Iowa BQA program is funded by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Beef Checkoff, and the education is delivered as a joint effort in conjunction with the Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension and Outreach.

For more information, contact Beth Doran at 712-737-4230 or


Summer 2024 BQA Trainings in Northwest Iowa

To certify or re-certify, producers can attend one of the following in-person trainings.

All sessions are free of charge, but preregistration is required several days in advance of the training to be attended. 

  • Storm Lake: June 3 | 1-3 p.m. - ISU Extension and Outreach Buena Vista County Office, 701 Seneca Street, Suite 1, Storm Lake. RSVP to 712-732-5056. 
  • Lytton: June 4 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Lytton Fire Station, 500 Railway Street, Lytton. RSVP to 712-297-8611.
  • Emmetsburg: June 5 | 10 a.m.-12 noon - Classroom (Entrance #2), Iowa Lakes Community College, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg. RSVP to 712-852-2865.
  • Peterson: June 10 | 1-3 p.m. - Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Avenue, Peterson. RSVP to 712-957-5045. 
  • Rock Valley: June 11 | 9-11 a.m. - City Park Shelter House, 1013 13th Avenue, Rock Valley. Hosted in Partnership with Cooperative Farmers Elevator. RSVP to 712-470-4803.
  • Marcus: June 11 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Marcus Community Center, 319 N. Main Street, Marcus. Hosted in Partnership with Cooperative Farmers Elevator. RSVP to 712-470-4803. 
  • Spirit Lake: June 12 | 9-11 a.m. - Community Building, 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake. RSVP to 712-336-3488.
  • Rock Rapids: June 17 | 9-11 a.m. - Forster Community Building, 404 First Avenue, Rock Rapids. Hosted in Partnership with Cooperative Farmers Elevator. RSVP to 712-470-4803.
  • Sibley: June 17 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. - 9th Street Center, 418 9th Street, Sibley. Hosted in Partnership with Cooperative Farmers Elevator. RSVP to 712-470-4803.