BQA certification courses available in Eastern Iowa

     Beef producers who need Beef Quality Assurance certification are reminded of a series of training and certification sessions scheduled across northeast Iowa over the next few weeks.

     The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to offer these sessions. BQA is a nationally-coordinated, state-implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

     BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff. The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

     Upcoming trainings include:

     • Friday, Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m. Grand Harbor Resort, 350 Bell St., Dubuque. In Salon A following the Driftless Region Beef Conference.

     • Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6-9 p.m., Clinton County Fairgrounds, 328 E. Eighth St., DeWitt.

     • Thursday, Feb. 7, 1-3 p.m., Johnson's Reception Hall, 916 N. High St., Elkader. Pre-register by Jan. 31 by calling the Elkader Vet Clinic at 563-245-1633, or stop by the clinic.

     • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m., Cascade Livestock Auction, 743 Hwy. 136, Cascade. Preregister with Cascade Livestock at 563-852-3533.

     As additional training sessions are scheduled, they will be add to the Iowa BQA webpage at Producers can also certify on-line at



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