Quality Assurance sessions scheduled for Iowa pork producers

Quality Assurance sessions scheduled for Iowa pork producers

May 6, 2013

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


Quality Assurance sessions scheduled for Iowa pork producers
(CLIVE, Iowa) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) 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 pork producers.

Special quality assurance training sessions will be hosted at the 2013 World Pork Expo on Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6. 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 lclemenson@iowapork.org. Session details are as follows:

     Wednesday, June 5                                                    Thursday, June 6
     PQA Plus 9:15 a.m. – Noon                                      PQA Plus – 9:15 a.m. – Noon.
     TQA 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Additionally, Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) training sessions will be offered in each of the eight IPPA districts throughout the summer.

District 1
Wednesday, July 17
Northwest Iowa Community College
Building A, Room 116/119

District 2
Tuesday, August 20
Humboldt County Extension office
727 Sumner Ave.

District 3
Tuesday, August 27
Borlaug Learning Center
3327 290th St.

District 4
Thursday, August 8
Delaware County Extension Office
1417 North Franklin St.

District 5
Thursday, June 20
Cass County Community Center
805 West 10th St.

District 6
Tuesday, June 25
Guthrie County Extension Office
212 State St.
Guthrie Center

District 7
Thursday, August 1
Marion County Extension Office
210 North Iowa St.

District 8
Thursday, August 1
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 lclemenson@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 continue to demonstrate their commitment to their animals and customers through their participation in quality assurance training and the We Care responsible pork initiative,” said IPPA President Greg Lear. “We take these commitments very seriously as we focus on continuous improvement to deliver the safest food in the world.”