Rock Rapids Workshop will help Beef Producers and Agribusiness Professionals Obtain Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification

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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – Beef producers and agribusiness professionals have an opportunity to obtain their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification in northwest Iowa, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist Beth Doran.

The Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State Extension and the Iowa Beef Industry Council are cooperating to offer a training on Aug. 6 at Frontier Bank, 301 Main St., in Rock Rapids. The session, set for 10 a.m. to noon, will feature eight best management practices and new emerging trends in the beef industry.

“At least four packers now require beef producers to be BQA certified,” Doran said. “Our goal is to help them achieve certification to maintain their market access and to continue to produce safe, wholesome and high quality beef.”

There is no cost to attend this BQA certification training, but participants are encouraged to preregister by Aug. 4 by calling the Lyon County Office at 712-472-2576.

For more information, see this certification session flyer at or contact Doran by phone at 712-737-4230 or email


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 712-737-4230,


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