URBANA - A new University of Illinois Extension website will allow 4-H and FFA members wishing to exhibit at the 1007 Illinois State Fair to complete one requirement online. The Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification site (http://qaec.extension.uiuc.edu/) was developed with input from a committee of Extension and FFA personnel.
"The web certification will be the only approved method in 2007 and beyond for meeting the quality assurance and ethics certification requirement," explained Dave Seibert, U of I Extension animal systems educator based in East Peoria. "State Fair Junior Horse Show exhibitors must complete certification prior to June 9. Exhibitors in beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and goats must complete certification before July 1. Next year, poultry exhibitors will be added to the requirement."
Seibert said the website resulted after requests from parents and participants for a new way to comply. Participants are only required to take the training once for the Illinois State Fair. Those who have previously taken the QAEC training are still maintained on the approved list and do not need to be re-certified.
"We hope this avenue of training will make QAEC certification more convenient for exhibitors at the Illinois State Fair," he said.
The website allows users to move easily between the six different modules of training and does not require downloading additional software. Upon completion of these sections, participants will have the opportunity to receive training in one or more of the six species sections.