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Beef Quality Assurance Month is Here

New York beef farmers, have you considered becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified?

This certification is free through the NYS Beef Checkoff Program and is valid for three years. So far, the program has over 1,000 certified producers, educators, and students throughout the state. The training for this free certification provides access to the most recent research and training for beef cattle production.

There are two levels of certification that can be achieved. The first level meets the basic BQA requirements of classroom and chute-side training, while the second level builds on the basics by establishing a veterinarian/client/patient relationship. With increasing concerns by consumers, the BQA certification can help to instill public trust.

If you are interested in the certification, this month is Beef Quality Assurance Month and it is easier to become certified through multiple trainings held around the state:

October 6th- 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Training Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County,
3542 Turner Road, Jamestown, NY
Chute-side Location: Moon Meadow Farm, Ted Card Family, 3195 North Main Street, Jamestown, NY
For more information/register: call Lisa Kempisty 716-664-9502 Ext. 203, ljk4@cornell.edu.

October 9th- 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Training Location: Rockspring Farm
490 Mill Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326
For more information/register: call Bill Gibson, 518-588-6032, wrg56@cornell.edu.

October 12th- 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Training Location: Empire Livestock
7418 NY-415, Bath, NY
For more information/register (RSVP due October 5th): call Lynn Bliven 716-244-0290

October 18th- 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Training Location: Short Tract Fire Hall
10355 Co Rd 15 Fillmore, NY
For more information/register (RSVP due October 12th): call Lynn Bliven 716-244-0290

Kelsie Raucher

Kelsie Raucher

Kelsie is from southwest Missouri and grew up on a 150-acre farm helping her family buy and sell horses and cattle. She credits FFA for finding her passion for agriculture and food issues and desiring a career as an “agvocate.” Since coming to Cornell, she has gained interest in local production, global food issues, and environmental impacts of and on agriculture. She joined the Cornell Small Farms Program in May of 2018 and is excited to gain experience to complement coursework in the Agricultural Sciences major and Communication major.
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