Upcoming BQA Events

Earn your BQA Certification at one of our upcoming BQA Workshops

November 17 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Waukon Sales Barn
1645 Hwy 76, Waukon, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

November 19 | 10 am - Noon

New Dordt Ag Stewardship Center, Sioux Center
Please preregister by November 14 by calling 712-737-4230
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

November 19 | 5:00 pm
Creston Livestock Market Auction

201 N Cherry St, Creston, IA 50801
Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist

November 20 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ridge Event Hall

2595 Ridge Road, Sioux Center, IA
Please pre-register by NOv 15 with Sage LeBlanc - sleblanc@landolakes.com
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

November 20 | 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm

American Legion
121 Bryant St. Walcott, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

November 28 | 10 am - Noon
Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon

Please preregister by November 14 by calling 712-957-5045
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

November 28 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Washington County Extension Office
2223 250th St., Washington, IA

November 28 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
Ames, IA
Please preregister by calling 515-296-BEEF or email beefcenter@iastate.edu

November 29| 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Timber Center
1005 E. Platt St., Maquoketa, 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.

December 3 | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Durant Community Center
606 5th Ave., Durant, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

December 4 | 10 am - Noon
Sac County Extension Office, Sac City
Please preregister by December 2 by calling 712-662-7131
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

December 4 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Kalona Sale Barn
Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist

December 5 | 10 am - Noon
Grace United Methodist Church, Spencer
Please preregister by December 3 by calling 712-262-2264
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

December 5 | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfey's Wapsi Outback
101 Water St., Quasqueton, IA
Pre-register by calling Winthrop Vet Clinic 319-935-3393
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

December 5 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Victor Legion Hall
601 3rd st. Victor, IA 52347
Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist

December 6 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Douds Community Building, Douds, IA

Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist

December 11 | 10 am - Noon
Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars
Please preregister by December 9 by calling 712-546-7835
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

December 11 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mahaska County Extension Office
212 N. I Street., Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist

December 12 | 10:00 am - noon
Lohff Schuman Memorial Community Center
301 Lohff-Schuman Dr., Holstein, IA
RSVP to: 712-225-5200
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

December 12 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Keokuk County Extension Office
400 220th Ave., Sigourney, IA 52591
Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist

December 13 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Meal begins at 5:00 pm, hosted by Red Oak Livestock Market, Mills Co. Cattlemen and Montgomery Co. Cattlemen
Preregister by calling the Montgomery County Extension Office: 712-623-2592
Contact: Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

December 18 | 9:30 am - 2:30 am
Archer Coop Grain Company
5268 370th St. Archer, IA
Morning program: Grain and Livestock Market Outlook, Matt Campbell, INTL FCStone;
Cash Grain Marketing Tools, Mike Schon, Archer Coop
BQA training from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
No cost to attend and meal provided by Archer Coop Grain Company.
Please RSVP by December 14 to Archer Coop Grain Company: 712-723-5233
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

December 18 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Henry County Extension Office
127 N Main St. Mt. Pleasant, IA 
Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist

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

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