Final Call for June 8 PQA Plus 3.0 Advisor Certification Session Applications

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PQAPlus logoAMES, Iowa -- People who want to become certified as Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 Advisors are reminded of an upcoming session during World Pork Expo in Des Moines and its application deadline. The Iowa Pork Industry Center is hosting the session on Thursday, June 8, and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher said people who would like to attend need to get their applications in soon.

“We have limited space available for this session and there is no walk-in option,” he said. “So, please get your applications submitted as soon as possible. The application deadline is Friday, May 26, or when the 30-person limit is reached.”

The session will be held in Room A2 of the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fair Grounds on the second day of the 2017 World Pork Expo.

“This session is for those who need certification for the first time and also for those whose certifications expired when the PQA 3.0 program went into effect last year,” Rademacher said. “All potential attendees need to complete the two-page application form and be approved in order to attend.”

Those who qualify for the advisor training and are interested should download the two-page application from the IPIC website, then complete and submit it.

“Those who wish to attend need to submit their application soon to ensure receipt in time for approval and payment,” Rademacher said. “The form is available as a fillable pdf document and as a word document. People can choose the format that best suits their needs.”

Cost of the session is $75 per person and includes refreshments and the noon meal. The fee is due after the applicant is notified of approval. Your spot is confirmed when payment is received. Onsite registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the session starting at 9 a.m.


To be eligible to submit an application or recertify as a current advisor, 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 and 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.


Chris Rademacher, Iowa Pork Industry Center, 515-294-8792,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center,, 515-294-4496

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