Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 1/19/17
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Private Pesticide Applicator Training Elkader Opera House
Sunday, January 29, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 4-H New Member Night Clayton County Extension Office
PQA Plus® and TQA® Training Session Scheduled for Clayton County
Fayette, Iowa -- The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University (ISUEO) Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®) and Transporter Quality Insurance® (TQA®). Programs have been scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 in Elkader, according to ISUEO swine specialist Mark Storlie.
“The programs will be held at the Freedom Bank’s Community Room, 210 South Main Street, in Elkader. TQA® session will begin at 12:30 pm and the PQA Plus® session will start at 3 pm” Storlie said “Attend one program or both, but pre-registration is required.”
Certification will cost $25 per person for one program or $35 per person for both programs. To preregister, contact the Clayton County Extension office at (563) 245-1451. Questions may be directed to Mark Storlie by phone at (563) 425-3331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pork Quality Assurance® Plus provides a framework for significant, relevant food safety standards and improved animal well-being. Pork producers pride themselves on the commitment to continuous improvement and the PQA Plus is regularly revised to increase its effectiveness, incorporate new research information, and ensure the program’s validity.
“The program allows an individual to certify online for PQA Plus® certification. Please contact me or contact your PQA Plus® Advisor for additional information,” said Storlie.
“Pork producers are encouraged to check when their current certification will expire, and plan ahead,” he said. A “PQA Plus® Site Status” is earned by having a PQA Plus® site assessment conducted by a PQA Plus® Advisor. A list of approved advisors is available at the National Pork Board Web site.
To learn more about PQA Plus™ please see the National Pork Board Web site at http://www.pork.org/Producers/PQAP.aspx. Extension and Outreach connects Iowans to Iowa State University’s academic programs and scientists.
Private Pesticide Continuing Instruction Course
Clayton County Extension and Outreach will be offering three opportunities to attend the Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course, led by Extension Field Agronomist, Brian Lang. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, January 26 at 1:30 pm at the Opera House in Elkader. The course will be offered again on February 21 at 1:30 pm at the Opera House in Elkader and on March 16 at 7:00 pm at the Freedom Bank Community Room in Elkader.
The course will run for approximately two and a half hours. The registration fee is $20. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact your county Extension office.
The course will fulfill 2016 recertification requirements for private pesticide applicators. Topics to be covered include pesticide storage and handling, laws and regulations, personal protective equipment, pesticide stewardship, and pest management and pesticides.
Dan Andersen, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering,
(515) 294-4210, email@example.com
Rachel Klein, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering,
(515) 294-6685, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa McEnany, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering,
(515) 294-9075, email@example.com
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