Training sessions slated for pork producers

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Training for pork producers will be offered by Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Pork Industry Center at the Cherokee County Extension office.

Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus training will be available in Cherokee Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the extension office, 209 Centennial Drive, Suite A from 10 a.m. to noon.

Transporter Quality Assurance (TQA) training will also be offered Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.

There is a $25 fee for each of the training sessions.

PQA Plus was developed by the Pork Industry Animal Care Coalition to be a continuous improvement program.

The coalition of pork producers, packers/processors, restaurants and food retailers is dedicated to finding a food-industry solution to give confidence to consumers that U.S. pork is produced in a way that respects animal well being, a press release stated.

TQA was introduced in 2002 by the Pork Checkoff as a quality assurance program designed specifically for transporters, producers and handlers of pigs.

The program encourages dedication to transporting and delivering the highest quality, safest pork product possible to remain competitive in a global market.

Preregistration is appreciated for both training sessions.

To pre-register or request more information contact Dave Stender at 712-261-0225 or by emailing

A Pork Quality Assurance Plus session is also scheduled prior to the Iowa Pork Regional Conference in Sheldon at Northwest iowa Community College on March 7.