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SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - The Illinois Pork Producers Association and University of Illinois Extension are teaming up to offer a training opportunity for individuals wanting to become PQA Plus® (Version 3) Advisors or those needing re-certification. 

The Pork Quality Assurance training will be held at the Illinois Pork Producers Association office in Springfield (6411 S. 6th St. Rd., Springfield, IL  62712) on February 12th, 2018.  The PQA Plus® Advisor training session will begin at 9:30 AM and conclude by 3:00 PM. Cost is $20/person and includes lunch and all training materials. Registration fee can be paid the day of the training. Space may be limited, so register early if possible.

An application is required for those interested in advisor certification. Acceptance into the program requires that applicants meet the criteria to qualify. Applicants should download, complete and submit the two-page application form available online at  Click on Producers and select Certifications, then PQA. Application deadline is Feb. 8th.


To be eligible as a PQA Plus® advisor, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

1. Be a veterinarian, extension specialist or ag educator (defined for this program as a person who spends full time in adult education or at least half time in production training) AND

2. Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science or an equivalent combination of education and swine production experience as determined by the PQA Plus trainer reviewing the application AND

3. Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.


For questions regarding qualification and the training program, email Dr. Rob Knox at or call 217-244-5177.


For more information on the training or application form, please contact Mike Borgic at IPPA (217)529-3100 or



The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) represents more than 2,000 pork producers throughout Illinois and the Illinois pork industry, which contributes more than $1.8 billion and more than 10,500 jobs to the state’s economy. IPPA is comprised of county pork producer groups in approximately 20 counties throughout Illinois. IPPA is an affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board.