Quality Assurance-Certifications news, programming and other resources from MSU Extension.
PQA Plus Training and Certification - The PQA Plus program was created in 1989 to assist producers and farm employees with developing good production practices on farms. This program defines best method practices for improved pig well-being and pork quality and encompasses the We Care Initiative supported by the Pork Checkoff program. The PQA program is offered as a face-to-face educational session for people gaining certification for the first time. Participates renewing their certification can complete this process online by contacting their PQA Plus advisor.
On-Farm Site Assessment - an on-farm tool used to visually assess the wellbeing of the farm’s pigs. Certified advisors complete this process and provide producers with recommendations for improved management practices. This portion of the program is voluntary for producers to complete.
Michigan Pork Producers Association (MPPA) has created a cost share program to assist producers with on-farm site assessments through the Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus program. This program will help defray the cost of on-farm site assessments, which support the Pork Checkoff’s We Care Initiative. Once an assessment is complete certified advisors can submit for reimbursement up to $250 per operation to help cover the cost of the assessment. These funds will be sent directly to the advisor, reducing the out of pocket expense for the producer. It is the hope of MPPA that providing this service will encourage producers to complete the on-farm site assessment in conjunction with the PQA Plus program. For more information on the cost share program please contact MPPA at 517-853-3785 or Kelpinski@mipork.org.
TQA Assurance Training and Certification - The TQA Assurance program was developed to assist producers, transporters and handlers with evaluating and improving their animal handling and movement skills and transportation protocols. This program defines best method practices for improved pig well-being and pork quality. The TQA program is offered as a face-to-face educational session for new attendees. Participates renewing their certification can complete this process online by contacting their TQA advisor.
Youth PQA Plus Training and Certification - The Youth PQA Plus program is geared for youth ages 8-19, who are involved with the pork industry. This program defines best method practices for improved pig well-being and pork quality, teaching youth 10 good production practices for good pig care. This program also encompasses the We Care Initiative supported by the Pork Checkoff program. Youth can become certified in the program by attending a face-to-face session with a certified advisor or by completing an online tutorial developed by the Pork Checkoff program.