Veterinarians, Extension personnel and adult educators in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 Advisers under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus 3.0 program that will be launched at the World Pork Expo in June. Because the content of this newly revised program has changed significantly, advisers who are currently certified also must successfully complete a 3.0 session if they wish to remain certified as a PQA 3.0 adviser, according to Iowa State University Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher.
All current PQA adviser certifications will expire Aug. 31, 2016
“All current PQA Plus adviser certifications will expire on August 31, 2016, regardless of when the adviser most recently certified through the 2.0 program,” Rademacher says. “This also means everyone needs to complete the two-page application form and be approved to attend one of these sessions.”
To help meet this industry need, Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State is offering seven certification sessions beginning in mid-April, led by faculty members who are certified PQA Plus 3.0 trainers. Rademacher is coordinating this training schedule. Each session has a 15-person minimum and a 30-person maximum, with the application deadline approximately 10 days prior to the specific session date, or when the session is filled. No walk-ins are allowed for any of the sessions and individual spots for all sessions are not guaranteed until specific payment is accepted by IPIC. The cost is $75 per person and includes refreshments and the noon meal.
Do you want to become certified? Or maintain certification?
“Those who wish to become certified or to maintain their certification need to keep their specific session deadline in mind when submitting their application for approval,” Rademacher said.
Those who qualify and are interested in the program should download, complete and submit the appropriate form for their desired session date from the IPIC website at ipic.iastate.edu/pqaplus3.html. This page also includes attendance availability for each session, and contact information for the program and the application process.
To be eligible to submit an application or recertify as a current adviser, people must meet the following qualifications:
1. Be a veterinarian, Extension specialist or ag educator (defined for this program as a person who spends full time in adult education or at least half time in production training) AND
2. Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science (or equivalent) AND
3. Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture (now Agriculture & Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.