Certification in the Beef Quality Assurance Program Just a Few Mouse Clicks Away- and It's FreeSun, 28 Feb 2016 05:12:33 CST
More cattle producers from across the country are getting trained in the best cattle management practices available today. The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has gained fresh momentum in recent years- especially with the offering of free certification again through sponsorship from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). National Cattlemenís Beef Associationís BQA Associate Director Chase DeCoite said this is a great partnership that allows NCBA to extend the great benefits of BQA to more beef and dairy producers in offering online training and continuing education within the cattle industry. Free online BQA certification is once again available through the fifteenth of April.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Chase DeCoite at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego- and you can hear their conversation about BQA on today's Beef Buzz.
BQA offers training to cattle producers in person, as well as through online training. For those producers that have a busy schedule, DeCoite said this is an option for them to continue their commitment to BQA and refresh their knowledge of BQA practices. If cattle producers went through the BQA program in the past, DeCoite said there are benefits to retaking the course. He said BQA certification requires producers retake the course every two to three years.
Because todayís consumers want to know where their food comes from, DeCoite said the BQA story is one that consumers trust and it makes beef producers even better at what they are doing. He said it allows producers to look at their operation to recognize whatís right, build on those practices and share that story with consumers, knowing that itís built on a solid foundation of BQA.
To register for BQA training, go to bqa.org and click on certifications, select your state and the website will walk you through the process.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
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