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 logo including livestock silhouettes above a red box with words MODULES OPEN!

YQCA Modules now OPEN!

4-H'ers exhibiting livestock (beef, bucket bottle, dairy, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine) at the county and state fairs are required to be YQCA certified each year. Online modules open January 1st and it must be completed by July 1st!

YQCA Help Sheet

F&M Bank & Trust is generously covering the $12 per member cost of the online course again this year. Coupon Codes and help sheets will be emailed to each family upon request. 

There are three (3) ways to obtain your code and help sheet: 

  • Stop by the Des Moines County Extension Office during our normal business hours
  • Call Mary, at the Des Moines County Extension Office, at 319-671-7165
  • Email Mary at steffene@iastate.edu

***Reminder...ALL youth are required to have a copy of their YQCA certificates on file at the Des Moines County Extension Office by July 1st. These can be emailed or mailed to us.  Without a copy on file, the 4-H and/or FFA member will not be allowed to participate in the 2024 Des Moines County Fair or the Iowa State Fair. No Questions Asked!