The checkoff’s first National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Train-the-Trainer Certification Program held via the Internet was conducted Dec. 1. Thirty-five BQA State Coordinators participated in the program, which featured presentations from veterinarians Bob Smith, Dee Griffin and John Maas of the BQA Advisory Board on national BQA guidelines and standards for national certification recognition.

Presenters also visited with state coordinators about consumer expectations of producers in the information age. As of Dec. 15, coordinators in 13 states have completed all coursework and fulfilled requirements to be a state with the ability to nationally certify their producers in BQA. For info on the national BQA guidelines, go to www.bqa.org/CodeGuidelines.aspx.