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Posted: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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Title: 4-H
Description: The annual food safety & 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 & 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 2014.

Certification may take 2 forms: attend a training or obtain certification by testing.

Junior Members (4th-6th grade) MUST TAKE THE CLASS every year as a junior.

Region 15 (Washington, Iowa, Johnson, & Keokuk Counties) will host two training dates. Saturday, March 29 at the Washington County Extension Office from 8:30 a.m. – noon. OR Monday, April 7 at the Johnson County Extension Office from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Choose only one to attend. All youth will participate in a variety of FSQA hands-on training and mini-show clinic sessions.

Intermediate Members (7th-9th grade )
Option 1: Take the class every year. See dates listed above.
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.
Option 3: Take the test and pass. When the test is passed, you don’t have to take it again until a senior member.

Senior Members (10th-12th grade)
Option 1: Take the class every year. See dates listed above.
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.

The tests will be available in Washington County from 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29. 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. Please take care of this certification in a timely fashion to ensure county fair eligibility.

If 4-H’ers are unable to attend one of the trainings, they may attend training in another county, however, please contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811, as soon as possible for those opportunities.

4-H’ers involved in the Single Source Commercial Swine Class and any 4-H’ers beginning in the Swine project area is encouraged to attend the “Know Your Swine” workshop Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office.

Date: 2014-03-29