Quality assurance sessions scheduled for Iowa hog farmers

Quality assurance sessions scheduled for Iowa hog farmers

May 6, 2015

Tyler Bettin, Producer Education Director
(800) 372-7675, tbettin@iowapork.org


(CLIVE, Iowa) – The Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to offer free Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®) and Transport Quality Assurance® (TQA®) programs for Iowa hog farmers.

Special quality assurance training sessions will be hosted at the 2015 World Pork Expo on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4. All sessions will be hosted in room A-2 of the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Interested individuals should pre-register by contacting IPPA at (515) 225-7675 or dricheson@iowapork.org. Session details are as follows:

Wednesday, June 3
PQA Plus 9:15 a.m. – Noon
TQA 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 4
PQA Plus – 9:15 a.m. – Noon

Additionally, PQA Plus and TQA training sessions will be offered in each of the eight IPPA districts throughout the summer.

District 1
Tuesday, July 7
Sioux County Extension Office
400 Central Ave. NW Ste. 700
Orange City
District 2
Wednesday, August 26
Humboldt County Extension Office
727 Sumner Ave.
District 3
Tuesday, August 25
Floyd County Extension Office
112 N. Main St.
Charles City
District 4
Tuesday, August 11
Delaware County Extension Office
1417 N. Franklin St.
District 5
Thursday, June 25
Cass County Extension Office
805 West 10th St.
District 6
Wednesday, June 24
Guthrie County Extension Office
212 State St.
Guthrie Center
District 7
Tuesday, August 4
Marion County Extension Office
210 N. Iowa St.
District 8
Thursday, August 6
Johnson County Extension Office
3109 Old Hwy. 218 S.
Iowa City

All district locations offer TQA from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and PQA Plus from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. All sessions are sponsored by IPPA and the Pork Checkoff. Producers are encouraged to pre-register to allow adequate space and materials. To pre-register or for more information, contact IPPA at (515) 225-7675 or e-mail dricheson@iowapork.org.

PQA Plus and TQA are part of the industry aligned We Care responsible pork initiative, which establishes ethical principles for pork producers to produce safe food, protect and promote animal well-being, protect public health, safeguard natural resources, provide a safe work environment and contribute to a better quality of life in their communities.

“Pork producers, their employees and pig transporters continue to show their dedication to continuous industry improvement through certification in PQA Plus and TQA,” said IPPA President Dave Struthers. “These programs, along with the We Care initiative, continue to show our customers the strong commitment we have to food safety and animal care.”