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LANCASTER - The Wisconsin Pork Association (WPA) and National Pork Board continue to encourage producers and employees to become Pork Quality Assurance® (PQA) Plus certified and achieve PQA Plus Site Status.

According to the website, PQA, introduced in 1989, was designed to help pig farmers and their employees use best practices to promote food safety. A Pork Association press release said, the PQA Plus program serves to educate producers and farm employees to help ensure U.S. pork products are of the highest quality and safety, and animals raised for food are cared for in a way that promotes their well-being.

To help offset the cost of an on-farm site assessment, WPA is offering a $75 rebate to Wisconsin pork producers who complete a PQA Plus site assessment, according to the release. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through Dec. 15, 2018.

To qualify for the rebate, the following requirements must be met:

  • Producer must meet with a PQA Plus advisor to complete the site assessment and have all site status paperwork completed
  • Producer (or advisor) must postmark the rebate form on or before December 15, 2018
  • Rebate amount may not equal more than the total assessment cost

The PQA Plus site assessment is designed to evaluate animal care practices on farms and includes a review of records, facilities, equipment, and animal care and well-being practices. The PQA Plus site assessment now aligns with the Common Swine Industry Audit, the news release stated. 

Producers can download the rebate form at www.wppa.org/certification or contact the WPA office at 1-800-822-7675 to have a copy mailed.

To locate a PQA Plus advisor near you visit https://www.pork.org/certifications/ or call  the WPA office.

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