Deadline for Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification Nears

Beth Doran

Contact:
Beth Doran
Beef Program Specialist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
712-737-4230
doranb@iastate.edu
 
 
Deadline for Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification Nears
 
ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Beef producers are reminded that by Jan. 1, 2019 they must have a current Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certificate in order to sell cattle to certain packers. To help producers comply with this requirement, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Beef Industry Council are offering a series of “year-end” trainings in Northwest Iowa. 
 
Trainings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
 
·         Nov. 19 – New Dordt Ag Stewardship Center, Sioux Center. RSVP to: 712-737-4230.
·         Nov. 28 – Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon. RSVP to: 712-957-5045.
·         Dec. 4 – Sac County Extension, Sac City. RSVP to: 712-662-7131.
·         Dec. 5 – Grace United Methodist Church, Spencer. RSVP to: 712-262-2264.
·         Dec. 11 – Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars. RSVP to: 712-546-7835.
·         Dec. 18 – Archer Coop Grain Company, Archer. RSVP to: 712-723-5233.
 
All trainings will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon, except the Archer training which will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
 
There is no cost to attend any BQA training, but, pre-registration is required in order to plan for meals and materials. To pre-register, call the number for the site you plan to attend. Pre-register by Nov. 14 for the Sioux Center or Sheldon sites. Registration for the four December trainings is two days prior to the workshop to be attended.
 
If you are unable to attend one of the six trainings, BQA certification may be completed on-line by going to www.bqa.org. A listing of other trainings in Iowa is located on the Iowa Beef Industry Council webpage, which may be accessed at www.iabeef.org/resources/producer-resources/iowa-beef-quality-assurance-program.
 
For a flier or more information on the Northwest Iowa BQA trainings, contact Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef field specialist, at 712-737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.
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