University of Minnesota Extension, along with Minnesota Beef Council, will host four online Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Secure Beef Supply (SBS) training sessions between April 20 and June 3.

Producers only need to attend one of these free workshops to receive a three-year BQA certification, and they will also learn the steps needed to begin their own Secure Beef Supply plan.

In an ongoing effort to show their commitment to providing the safest, highest-quality beef, cattlemen and women continue to show their dedication to the beef industry by completing a BQA certification program. Specific companies and feedlots have chosen to extend their own quality assurance protocol requirements to producers who are a part of their supply chain. A BQA certification is being required by many major industry buyers and processors.

Pre-registration is required. You will not be able to access the Zoom meeting room without first pre-registering and receiving the secure Zoom link and passcode from Extension staff. The two-hour training and certification session is free. Only one person from each operation is required to be certified to ensure the entire operation follows the BQA standards. Certification is good for three years.

To register: Register for the online training using the specific link for the training you wish to attend:

• Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.: z.umn.edu/BQA April20

• Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.: z.umn.edu/BQAMay 6

• Tuesday, May 18  at 6:30 p.m.: z.umn.edu/BQAMay 18

• Thursday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.: z.umn.edu/BQA June3

Families are able to view the training on the same computer/mobile device, and all viewers will receive credit for certification. At the time of entering the Zoom webinar you will be instructed to enter the registration code of all participants viewing the webinar from your computer/mobile device, and only those whose registration code is submitted during the time of the webinar will receive credit for completing the online certification.

All attendees must pre-register prior to the event and must be able to access the Zoom platform to be able to view the training. If you have any questions regarding certification or how to pre-register, please contact Stacey Caughey at butle269@umn.edu.

Those unable to attend a scheduled Zoom session can also earn free certification online, anytime, at www.BQA.org

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