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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 - 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 

Upcoming BQA Events

Earn your BQA Certification at one of our upcoming BQA Workshops.

Are you looking to get BQA Certified, but want to do it from home? Online training options are now available from anywhere, and Iowa qualifies! Get started today.

Donnellson, IA

Tuesday, october 26th, 2021 |  6:00 pM - 8:00 pm BQA 

Pilot Grove Community Center
506 N Main St.
Donnellson, IA 52625

Contact: Region 6 Educator - Patrick Wall, ISU Beef Specialist 

mediapolis, IA

wednesday, november 10th, 2021 |  6:00 pM dinner 6:30 pm BQA 

Des Moines County Farm Bureau Office
645 Main Street 
Mediapolis, IA 52637

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Des Moines County Farm Bureau Office at 319.394.3805.

Contact: Region 6 Educator - Patrick Wall, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by the Des Moines County Farm Bureau and Des Moines County Cattlemen. 

carroll, IA

friday, November 12th, 2021 |  8:30 Am - 10:30 AM BQA 

Carroll County Extension Office
1205 West US Hwy 30, Suite G
Maquoketa, IA 52060

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Carroll Co. Extension Office at 712.792.2364 or emailing [email protected]

Contact: Region 4 Educator - Erika Lundy, ISU Beef Specialist 

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Masks will be required and social distancing will be implemented.  

maquoketa, IA

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 |  6:00 pm dinner | 6:30 pM BQA 

AmericInn Hotel
1910 Nairn Dr.
Maquoketa, IA 52060

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Maquoketa State Bank at 563.652.2491 x4148

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by Maquoketa State Bank and Jackson County Cattlemen.

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Masks will be required and social distancing will be implemented.  

Rockwell CIty, IA

monday, November 22nd, 2021 |  1:00 PM - 3:00 Pm BQA 

Calhoun County Extension Office
325 Court St. 
Rockwell City, IA 50579

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Calhoun County Extension Office at 712.297.8611 by November 18th.

Contact: Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach Calhoun County

Red oak, IA

monday, November 22nd, 2021 |  7:00 PM - 9:00 Pm BQA 

Montgomery County Fairgrounds - Gold Fair Building
1809 N 4th St. 
Red Oak, IA 51566

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Montgomery County Extension Office at 712.623.2592 or emailing [email protected]

Contact: Region 4 Educator - Erika Lundy, ISU Beef Specialist 

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Masks will be required and social distancing will be implemented.  

Manchester, IA

tuesday, November 30th, 2021 |  5:30 PM |  6:30 Pm BQA 

National Farmers Livestock Marketing Center
1624 220th St.
Manchester, IA 52057

For more information: Please pre-register by November 25th by texting or calling Kim Lynch at 563.599.6589.

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by Iowa NFO, and National Farmers Livestock Marketing Center. 

*Due to Covid restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Masks may be required and we ask participants to socially distance. 

Victor, IA

thursday, December 2nd, 2021 |  6:00 PM - 8:00 Pm BQA 

Victor Legion Hall
601 3rd St. 
Victor, IA 52347

For more information: Please pre-register by contacting Pat Wall at [email protected]

Contact: Region 6 Educator - Patrick Wall, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by Iowa County Cattlemen

Arlington, IA

monday, december 6th, 2021 |  6:00 Pm Ribeye steak dinner | BQA 

Arlington Community Center
853 Main St. 
Arlington, IA 50606

*Guest speaker Dr. Drew Shain, Purina Animal Nutrition, will speak on mineral nutrition and financial impacts of a mineral program. 

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Mike Kirby at 563.419.9522.

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by Viafield and Purina. 

*Due to Covid restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Masks may be required and we ask participants to socially distance. 

Atlantic, IA

monday, december 6th, 2021 |  6:00 dinner | 6:30 Pm - 8:30 PM BQA 

Cass County Community Center
805 W 10th St. 
Atlantic, IA 50022

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Cass County Extension Office at 712.243.1132 or emailing [email protected]

Contact: Region 4 Educator - Erika Lundy, ISU Beef Specialist 

*Due to Covid restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Masks may be required and we ask participants to socially distance. 

Archer, IA

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 |  10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon BQA 

Archer Co-op Grain Company
5268 370th St.
Archer, IA 51231

For more information: Please pre-register by calling O'Brien County Extension Office at 712.957.5045 by December 3rd.

Contact: Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by Archer Co-op Grain Co. No cost to attend. Walk-ins not allowed and face masks encouraged. 

lemars, IA

Thursday, December 9th, 2021 |  10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon BQA 

Lower Level, LeMars Convention Center
251 12th St. SE
LeMars, IA 51031

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Plymouth County Extension Office at 712.546.7835 by December 7th.

Contact: Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County. No cost to attend. Walk-ins not allowed and face masks encouraged. 

Quasqueton, IA

Thursday, December 9th, 2021 |  6:00 PM Dinner | 6:30 pm BQA 

Wolfey's Wapsi Outback
101 Water St. S.
Quasqueton, IA 52326

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Winthrop Vet Clinic 319.935.3393. Pre-registration is required. 

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by Winthrop Vet Clinic. No cost to attend. Walk-ins not allowed and face masks encouraged. 

Storm Lake, IA

monday, December 13th, 2021 |  10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon BQA 

Buena Vista County Extension Office
824 Flindt
Storm Lake, IA 50588

For more information: Please pre-register by December 10th by calling the Buena Vista County Extension Office at 712.732.5056. No cost to attend. Walk-ins not allowed and face masks encouraged.

Contact: Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach Buena Vista County. 

dubuque, IA

Friday, January 28th 2022 |  1:00 PM BQA

Grand River Conference Center
500 Bell St. 
Dubuque, IA 52001

For more information: This event is following the Driftless Region State Beef Conference. Contact the Benton Co. Extension office to register at 319-472-4739.

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

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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

2019 IOWA EDUCATOR AWARD 

Katy Lippolis, Iowa State University Extension  Beef Specialist, received the 2019 Iowa BQA Educator Award. Pictured (L-R): Casey Allison (IBIC), Katy Lippolis, and Janine Moore (IBIC Chair).

2019 IOWA BQA FEEDYARD AWARD

Steve Rehder of Hawarden, Iowa was the 2019 Iowa BQA Feedyard Award recipient. Pictured (L-R): Casey Allison (IBIC Staff), Steve Rehder, and Janine Moore (IBIC Chair). 

2019 IOWA BQA COW-CALF AWARD

Bruce River of Maquoketa, IA received the 2019 Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award. Pictured (L-R): Casey Allison (IBIC), Bruce River and Janine Moore (IBIC Chair).

2019 Iowa Marketer Award

Sheldon Livestock Sale Incorporated of Sheldon, IA received the 2019 Iowa Marketer Award.

2019 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Steve Rehder- Hawarden, IA.
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to Bruce Rivers - Maquoketa, IA
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Katy Lippolis - Iowa State Extension Beef Specialist in Ames, IA
  • Iowa Marketer Award was awarded to Sheldon Livestock Sales Incorporated - Sheldon, IA

2018 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Kennedy Cattle Company, Atlantic, IA.
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to Peterson Farms, Eddyville, IA. 
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Denise Schwab- NE Iowa Beef Specialist- Vinton, IA

2017 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Jim and Julie Christensen, Christensen Feedlot and Royal Beef - Royal, IA
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to the Peters Family - Bellevue, IA
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Dr. Leo Timms - Iowa State University Extension in Ames, IA

2016 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Kent Pruismann of Rock River Feeders - Rock Valley, IA
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to Brenda, Leah, Lauren, Jim, Norvel, and Esther Mosher - Liscomb, IA
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Dr. Beth Doran - Iowa State University Extension & Outreach in Orange City, IA

2015 Awards

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

2014 Awards

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

2012 Awards

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

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

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