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® and Transport Quality Assurance® (TQA®) programs for Iowa pig farmers.
"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 Curtis Meier. "These programs, along with the We Care initiative, continue to show our customers the strong commitment we have to food safety and animal care."
Special quality assurance training sessions will be hosted at the 2017 World Pork Expo on Wednesday, June 7, and around the state this summer. The expo session will be hosted in room A-2 of the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Interested individuals should pre-register by contacting Carla Vanderheiden at (800) 372-7675 or can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Session details are as follows:
Wednesday, June 7th
TQA - 9:30 a.m. - Noon
PQA Plus - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Additionally, PQA Plus and TQA training sessions will be offered in each of the eight IPPA districts throughout the summer.
Here is the schedule:
District 6, Thursday, July 27th, Madison County Extension in Winterset.
District 5, July 24th, Cass County Extension and Outreach, in Atlantic.
District 1, Monday, July 31st at the Sioux City County Extension and Outreach, Orange City.
District 4, Tuesday, August 8th, Delaware County Extension and Outreach in Manchester.
District 7, Tuesday, August 8th, Mahaska County Extension and Outreach in Oskaloosa.
District 8, Tuesday, August 8th, Johnson County Extension and Outreach in Iowa City.
District 2, Tuesday, August 22nd, Humboldt County Extension and Outreach in Humboldt.
All district locations offer TQA from 9:30 a.m. to noon and PQA Plus from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All sessions are sponsored by IPPA and the Pork Checkoff. Producers are encouraged to pre-register again by contacting Carla Vanderheiden.
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.
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