Food safety and quality assurance training set for 4-H’ers
The annual food safety and quality assurance training dates have been set for Washington County 4-H’ers. This educational program helps youth understand their role in the food supply chain and educates youth about the importance of following a quality assurance program when raising market animals.
All market and breeding beef, bucket bottle, swine, sheep, dairy (cattle and goat), meat goat, rabbit and poultry exhibitors are required to be FSQA certified to exhibit at the Washington County Fair and Iowa State Fair in 2013.
Certification may take two forms: attend a two-hour class or obtain certification by testing.
Junior members (fourth through sixth grades) must take the class every year as a junior.
Intermediate members (seventh through ninth grades) have several options. Option 1: Take the class every year. Option 2: Take the class, then take the test. When the test is passed, you don’t have to take it again until a senior member.
Senior members (10th through 12th grades) have several options. Option 1: Take the class every year. Option 2: Take the class, then take the test. When the test is passed, you don’t have to take it again. Option 3: Take the test and pass. When the test is passed, you don’t have to take it again.
Region 15 (Washington, Iowa, Johnson and Keokuk counties) will host two training dates: Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Washington County Extension Office from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; or Monday, March 11, at the Johnson County Extension Office from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Choose only one to attend. All youth will participate in a variety of FSQA training and mini-show clinic sessions.
The tests will be available in Washington County from 8 to 8:45 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23. The test may also be taken by making an appointment with the Washington County Extension Office during business hours. Tests may be taken up until July 1. Members are asked to take care of this certification in a timely fashion to ensure their county fair eligibility.
If unable to attend one of the trainings, members may attend training in another county. However, they are asked to contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811 as soon as possible for those opportunities.