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SPRINGFIELD -- Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) sessions will be held throughout Illinois in December.

These sessions serve as the beef industry's best source of continuing education and will provide producers with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and beef quality.

Meeting dates and locations include:

  • Dec. 5, 6 p.m., Mason City American Legion, Mason City
  • Dec. 6, 6 p.m., Adams County Farm Bureau, Quincy
  • Dec. 7, 6 p.m., Effingham County Farm Bureau, Effingham
  • Dec. 12, 6 p.m., Stephenson County Farm Bureau, Freeport
  • Dec. 13, 6 p.m., Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau, Gilman
  • Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Farm Credit Illinois, Mt. Vernon

"The Illinois BQA program is a proven education system that teaches sensible management practices that help improve the quality and safety of beef," said Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension beef specialist and state BQA coordinator. "It clearly demonstrates how a producer's actions on the farm have a huge impact on the final beef product."

Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that hopes to raise consumer confidence through offering proper management education and guidelines for the beef industry.

BQA trainings are free to Illinois Beef Association (IBA) members and a $20 fee for non-IBA members includes the cost of a meal and training materials. Pre-registration is encouraged. Attendees should RSVP to the IBA at 217-787-4280.

The IBA is a 2,000-member trade association representing every segment of the beef industry in Illinois. The organization strives to serve its members and promote the viability of the beef industry in Illinois, while building demand for beef through education, communication and marketing.


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