The Beef Quality Assurance program was designed to provide beef cattle producers with the most up to date knowledge on best production practices for raising their cattle to sell as a safe, quality product to their consumers.

Some of the benefits of being BQA Certified include: improves sale value of marketed cattle, shows your consumers your commitment to food safety and quality, increases operation profitability, and provides the public with a positive image of the beef industry.

There are two certification processes that producers should be aware of for the BQA program. Initial certification requires a chute-side training, or hands-on training with a general information session.

In order for a producer to keep their initial BQA certification, they must get re-certified every two years. This requirement allows the program to cover new material from the industry that has been released in the two year interval.

A Beef Quality Assurance Recertification Course will be offered on Wednesday November 8th at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale, PA.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. A light dinner will be served so please register so adequate food can be provided.

There is no cost to attend this event.

Please register by November 1st by either calling the Penn State Extension office at 570-253-5970 ext. 4110 or emailing wayneext@psu.edu.

If you are interested in becoming BQA certified for the first time please contact Chelsea Hill at the Penn State Extension office in Honesdale by calling 570-253-5970 ext. 4110 or emailing cbh5097@psu.edu for future BQA opportunities.

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