ATLANTIC – Beef producers who need to renew or obtain their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification can attend an in-person workshop on Monday, December 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Training will take place at the Center Cass County Community Center at 805. West 10th Street in the Atlantic.
The majority of packers require livestock vendors to be BQA certified. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that builds consumer confidence by providing proper management techniques and a commitment to quality in every segment of the beef industry. The Iowa BQA program is funded by the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is provided as a joint effort by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University and the IBIC.
There is no charge to attend this training, but pre-registration is appreciated. To reserve a spot for the training, please confirm your attendance by noon on Monday, December 6 by contacting the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or by emailing [email protected] A light meal will be served to anyone who RSVP in advance, grilled by the Cass County Cattlemen, from 6pm before the meeting.
To learn more about the Iowa BQA program and other upcoming certification training in your area, please visit www.iabeef.org. BQA certification is also available online for free at www.bqa.org. For more information, please feel free to contact Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, ISU Extension Beef Specialist at 641-745-5902 or [email protected]