BQA Online Certification

Are you looking to get BQA Certified, but want to do it from home? Do chores have you too busy to come to town for a BQA training event? Online training options are now available from anywhere, and Iowa qualifies! Get started today.

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Iowa BQA Regional Educators

Iowa BQA Coordinator - Rusty Gibbs, IBIC Director of Industry Relations | 515-296-2305 

Iowa Beef Specialists
Iowa BQA Regional Director - Dan Loy, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 2 Educator - Russ Euken, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 4 Educator - Erika Lundy, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 5 Educator - Chris Clark, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 6 Educator - Patrick Wall, ISU Beef Specialist 
BQA Educator - Katy Lippolis, ISU Beef Specialist

Upcoming BQA Events

Earn your BQA Certification at one of our upcoming BQA Workshops

January 15, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Greenfield, IA

Adair County Extension Office - Green Room

154 Public Square, Suite C

Greenfield, IA 50849

Please RSVP to the Adair Co. Office at 641-743-8412. 

Three-State Beef Conference focusing on reducing cow winter feed costs will follow that evening in the same building. 

Contact: Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

January 24, 2019 | 1 pm - 3 pm

Greenfield, IA

Audubon Rec Center

703 Southside Ave

Audubon, IA 

Please RSVP by January 17th to 712-263-4201 or 712-653-9460

Contact: Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

January 25, 2019 | 1 pm - 3 pm


Grand Harbor Resort
350 Bell St
Dubuque, IA
Following the Driftless Region Beef Conference

Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

January 29, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Chariton, IA

Lucas County Extension Office
48293 Hy-Vee Rd
Chariton, IA 50049

Please pre-register by January 25th to the Lucas County Extension Office 641-774-2016

Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist

January 30, 2019 | 6 pm - 9 pm


Clinton County Fairgrounds
328 E 8th Street
DeWitt, IA

Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

February 5, 2019 | 1 pm - 3 pm

Storm Lake, IA

Buena Vista Co Extension 

824 Flindt Drive, Ste 101

Storm Lake, IA 

Please RSVP by February 3rd to 712-732-5056

Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

February 7, 2019 | 1 pm - 3 pm

Elkader, IA 

Johnson’s Reception Hall

916 N. High St
Elkader, IA 

Please RSVP by January 31st to 563-245-1633

Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

February 26, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cascade, IA

Cascade Livestock Auction
743 IA HWY 136

Cascade, IA

Pre-register by calling 563-852-3533

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Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) works to protect consumer confidence in our beef supply and to return more profits to producers. All individuals who have the opportunity to influence the quality and handling of cattle are encouraged to become certified. 

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BQA Transportation Program Shows Industry Commitment to Responsible Cattle Production

By Chase DeCoite, Director of Beef Quality Assurance, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor to the beef checkoff 

The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program recently launched a training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training launched in November 2017 and has quickly amassed over 700 enrollments by producers and cattle haulers from across the country.  Additionally, Cargill is supporting in-person training programs through the network of BQA state coordinators. 

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National Beef Quality Audit

The National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) is a beef checkoff-funded evaluation that documents the progress the industry has made over the last five years. Additional NBQA information can be found here.

­­Iowa BQA Award winners

2017 Iowa BQA Feedyard Award

Jim and Julie Christensen of Christensen Feedlot and Royal Beef in Royal, IA were the recipients of the 2017 Iowa BQA Feedyard Award. Pictured (L-R): Doug Bear, IBIC, Jim and Julie Christensen. 

2017 Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award 

The Peters family of Bellevue, IA received the 2017 Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award. Pictured (L-R): Doug Bear, IBIC, Charlie, Michael, Miranda, Sam, Jenni and Mathias Peters.

2017 Iowa Educator Award 

Dr. Leo Timms (left) received the 2017 Iowa BQA Educator Award.

2016 Iowa BQA Feedyard Award

Kent Pruismann of Rock River Feeders was the recipient of the 2016 Iowa BQA Feedyard Award.

2016 Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award

The Mosher family (L-R: Brenda, Leah, Lauren, Jim, and Norval, not pictured: Esther) were the recipients of the 2016 Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award. 

2016 Iowa Educator Award

Dr. Beth Doran recieved the 2016 Iowa BQA Educator Award.

2015 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award is a awarded to Justin & Amber Reiter, R Land and Cattle LLC - Bernard, IA
  • Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Scott Birker, Birker Family Farmes - Vinton, IA
  • Iowa Educator Award is awarded to Dr. Jason Hall and Dr. Skylar Speer, Summit Veterinary Service - Winterset, IA

2014 Awards

  • Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Nodaway Valley Feeders - Nodaway, IA
  • Iowa Marketer Award is awarded to Tama Livestock Auction - Tama, IA

2013 Awards

2012 Awards

  • Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Gregory Feedlots - Tabor, IA
  • Iowa Marketer Award is awarded to Knoxville Regional Livestock Market - Knoxville, IA   

2011 Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, IA

2010 Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Morris Larson, Spencer Livestock Sales, Spencer, IA