All dairy and cattlemen must be certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) every 3 years. Processing plants require producers be certified before they will purchase cattle for processing. Extension Educator in Rice and Steele County Clair LaCanne said many producers in our area were up for renewal this year. The University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Beef Council have organized an online BQA program for producers Thursday June 3, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

One person from each operation must be certified "to ensure the entire operation follows BQA standards. However, everyone who handles and manages fed cattle is encouraged to become BQA certified." The goal of BQA is to produce a better quality beef supply and to increase consumer confidence. There will also be information on the Secure Beef Supply program too.

There is no charge for the BQA certification thanks to the Minnesota Beef Council and the check-off but you do need to pre-register to get the link. You can register and find more information at:

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