4-H’ers trained on good production practices
Seventeen million pounds of meat are produced by Iowa 4-H’ers each year. They are significant contributors to the food industry. As a 4-H food producer, it is important they follow good production practices which lead to healthy animals which leads to safe food for consumers.
Washington County 4-H requires all members who show livestock that may enter the food chain to participate in a Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) training. Saturday, Feb. 23, these FSQA sessions were led by Tom Miller, ISU swine specialist; Byron Leu, ISU livestock specialist; and Gene Mohling, ISU Region 15 director. Over 110 members attended the sessions focusing biosecurity issues, feed types, proper feed additives and ethical practices.
Washington County junior 4-H’ers who still need to be trained can participate in a second FSQA training on March 11 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. Intermediates and seniors may take the recertification test at the Washington Extension Office by appointment. For more information regarding FSQA or getting involved with 4-H program in Washington County, please contact the Extension Office at 319-653-4811.