eople 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 Wednesday, June 6, and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher said people who would like to attend need to send in their applications soon.
“We have limited space available for this session and there is no walk-in option, so please get your applications submitted as soon as possible,” he said. “The application deadline is Thursday, May 31, or when the 30-person limit is reached.”
The session will be held in the Family Theater Building next to the DNR Building on the first day of the 2018 World Pork Expo. Please note paid registration is required to enter the grounds.
“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 in 2016,” 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 wishing to attend need to submit their application soon to ensure receipt in time for approval and payment. 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.