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

February 18, 2019 | 1 pm - 3 pm

Washington, IA 

Washington County Extension Office
2223 250th Street
Washington, IA 

Please RSVP to 319-330-4681 or, including your name and county.

Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 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

February 27, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Carson, IA

Carson Community Center
316 S Commercial St
Carson,  IA

Please RSVP to 712-482-6449 (East Pottawattamie) or 712-366-7070 (West Pottawattamie).

March 13, 2019 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

malvern, IA

Lakin Center
61321 315th St
Malvern,  IA

Please RSVP by March 11 to 712-624-8616 or

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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

2018 Iowa BQA Feedyard Award

Kennedy Cattle Company of Atlantic, Iowa was the 2018 Iowa BQA Feedyard Award recipient. Pictured (L-R): Steve Rehder (IBIC Chair), Zak and Emily Kennedy and Rusty Gibbs, (IBIC). 

2018 Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award 

Peterson Farms of Eddyville, IA received the 2018 Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award. Pictured (L-R): Steve Rehder (IBIC Chair), Curt, Kaylene, Kylie, Abby, and Makenzie Peterson and Rusty Gibbs (IBIC).

2018 Iowa Educator Award 

Denise Scwab, Northeast Iowa Regional Extension Beef Specialist, received the 2018 Iowa BQA Educator Award.

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