NCBA, Purdue Extension to host Indiana BQA training programs

Source: Farm Progress. The original article is posted here.

NCBA, Purdue Extension to host Indiana BQA training programs

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and certification program will be offered in 17 Indiana counties this November. In partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Purdue Extension will host events to provide producers with key industry insights and the option to complete their voluntary BQA certification.

The trainings and certification opportunities will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. ET on Nov. 2 and 7 in the following locations:

Thursday, Nov. 2

Shipshewana Livestock Auction, Shipshewana

Kosciusko County Extension Office, Warsaw

Wayne County Fairgrounds First Bank Expo Hall, Richmond

Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, Dubois

Washington County Government Building, Salem

Community Building — Clark County Fairgrounds, Charlestown

Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center, Butlerville

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Milan Center Feed & Grain, New Haven

Pulaski County Highway Garage, Winamac

Adams County 4-H Fairgrounds Expo Hall/Dining Hall, Monroe

Marshall County Building, Plymouth

Miami County Community Building — 4-H Fairgrounds, Peru

Parke County Extension Office Meeting Room, Rockville

Morgan County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, Martinsville

Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center — Shop, Bedford

Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Madison

Purdue Extension Office — Harrison County, Corydon

Presented by a team of Purdue Extension educators, the trainings will cover various topics, including minimizing carcass defects; improving animal health and well-being; and meeting standards set by the FDA, USDA and the EPA.

Ronald Lemenager, professor of animal sciences, Extension beef specialist and event co-host, said, “BQA certification is a way to provide our customers with the confidence that we are producing high-quality, safe and wholesome beef in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.”

Nicholas Minton, Extension beef systems specialist and event co-host, added, “Being BQA certified is an example of producers committing to properly care for their cattle through continued education.”

Lemenager and Minton will deliver the BQA training and certification via Zoom livestream. County educators will facilitate the meetings.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged to secure necessary accommodations. To RSVP, contact the designated county educator for more information.

Producers also have the option to complete their BQA certification online at their convenience. Certification completed at the events or online is valid for three years.

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