URBANA - A training program for those interested in becoming Pork Quality Assurance-Plus (PQA-Plus) advisors will be offered April 17 in Springfield, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Pork Producers Association. The event will be held at the IPPA office, 6411 S. 6th St. Road.
"All educators wanting to become PQA-Plus advisors are required to attend a PQA-Plus advisor training session to be able to educate producers in this new program," explained Rob Knox, U of I Extension swine reproduction specialist. "IPPA has been working with Extension to provide these opportunities."
All PQA-Plus advisors must meet the following qualifications, he added. These are: be a veterinarian, Extension specialist or ag educator and have a DVM or BS in animal science (or equivalent) and have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.
The training session begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch and all training materials. The session will be limited to 25 people.
"The next PQA-Plus training opportunity will not be held until this summer," Knox said.
Applications for the session should be submitted to Knox either by FAX (217) 333-8286, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 14th. Registration fees should be in by April 14 and sent to: IPPA, Attn: Tim Maiers, 6411 S. 6th St. Road, Springfield, 62712.
Those seeking further information should contact Knox at (217) 244-5177 or Maiers at (217) 529-3100.