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

September 19 | 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Decorah Sales Commission
2123 Madison Rd, Decorah, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

September 25 | 4:00 pm - 9 pm
Pasture walk at Prairie Hills Angus
10662 Forest Rd, Arlington, IA
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Arlington Community Event Center
835 Main St., Arlington, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

November 13 | 7:00 pm
Mediapolis City Hall
510 Main Street, Mediapolis, IA 
Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist
RSVP: or (319) 752-2729.  

November 17 | TBD
Waukon Sales Barn
1645 Hwy 76, Waukon, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

November 29 | 6 pm - 8 pm
Dunlap Livestock Auction
701 US-30, Dunlap, IA

Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist, or Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist
Please preregister by Nov. 27 by calling Harrison County Extension Office at 712-644-2105.

BQA Transportation Program 

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.

Read more here >>>

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.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):

Additional Resources

Past Iowa BQA Award winners:

  • 2017 Awards - News Release
    • Iowa BQA Feedyard Award is awarded to Jim and Julie Christensen of Christensen Feedlot and Royal Beef in Royal, IA
    • Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award is awarded to the Peters family of Bellevue, IA
    • Iowa Educator Award is awarded to Dr. Leo Timms of ISU Extension and Outreach
  • 2016 Awards - News Release
    • Iowa BQA Feedyard Award is awarded to Kent & Sylvia Pruismann, Rock River Feeders - Rock Valley, IA
    • Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award is awarded to Norval and Esther Mosher, Mosher Angus Farms - Liscomb, IA
    • Iowa Educator Award is awarded to Dr. Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach - Northwest IA
  • 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 - News Release
    • Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Nodaway Valley Feeders - Nodaway, IA
    • Iowa Marketer Award is awarded to Tama Livestock Auction - Tama, IA 
  • 2013 n/a
  • 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 - News Release

  • 2010 Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Morris Larson, Spencer Livestock Sales, Spencer, IA - News Release