GREENFIELD — Teaching youths to produce safe and quality food is a major emphasis of both the 4-H and FFA programs. Special Food Safety Quality Assurance (FSQA) trainings will be held at Adair County Extension 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 17 and 20. All youths exhibiting swine at the 2014 Adair County Fair must be FSQA certified. In addition, youths exhibiting any food producing animals (beef, dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, rabbits, poultry, sheep and swine) at the 2014 Iowa State Fair or AK-SAR-BEN must be FSQA certified.
“We encourage parents to attend with their 4-H or FFA member,” said Donna Wallace, Adair County Extension 4-H program coordinator. “Animal projects usually involve the entire family and we want everyone to be on the same page when it comes to producing safe and wholesome meat, milk, and eggs.”
The FSQA workshops are engaging and help members apply what they learn to their own projects.
Youths in fourth through sixth grades need to attend a training each year. Students in the seventh through ninth grades can meet the training requirements by passing a test. Passing the test certifies them until they reach the 10th grade. Youths in 10th through 12th grades who successfully complete the test are certified until they turn 20 years old.
4-H and FFA members are encouraged to sign up in advance for the meeting that works best for them. Register by calling the Extension office at 641-743-8412 or 1-800-ISUE399. Members who are in seventh grade or above and would like to complete the requirements by passing the test should call the Extension office to set up a testing time.
There is still time for youths in the fourth through 12th grade to join 4-H for the year. 4-H and FFA hogs must be identified at a special tagging event April 12. Market lambs and market meat goats must be weighed and tagged 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 10 at the Adair County Fairgrounds. All other animal projects, with the exception of market beef that were weighed and tagged in December, must be identified on special forms prior to May 15.