02-02-17 Producer Support Of Beef Checkoff Softens, But Remains Strong

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Producer Support Of Beef Checkoff Softens, But Remains Strong

beef-checkoff-producer-support-strong-020217An independent survey of producers found 69 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program. Importantly, the more producers know about the program, the more supportive they are. The survey also found that producers are generally more optimistic about the cattle industry than they were a year ago.

“We’ve all experienced a very challenging year, both within the industry and in other aspects of our lives,” says Jo Stanko, Investor Relations Working Group (IRWG) co-chair.  “That’s why we’re not surprised by a decline in support for the checkoff,” said the Steamboat Springs, Colo., producer. “But it is heartening to see producers becoming more optimistic about the future.”

The random survey of 1,252 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research in late December 2016. The survey found that while support of the checkoff is down from a year ago, a substantial majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff is a good value: Continue reading

02-02-17 BQA Certification Now Free, Online, 24/7

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BQA Certification Now Free, Online, 24/7

free-bqa-newsreel-020217You read the headline right. The checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification is now always FREE online! It’s a new interactive online experience that beef and dairy producers can sign up for and complete at their convenience.

Why BQA? Because it tells consumers that you have a commitment to delivering a product that is backed by science-based standards. Certification also addresses many questions that consumers have about beef production. BQA ensures consumers that cattle producers are committed to responsibly raising, safe, wholesome, high quality beef. Continue reading

10-31-16 Reminder: Free BQA Certification Period Ends in Two Weeks!

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The countdown continues for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 13. As an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funded in part by the beef checkoff. Continue reading

09-15-16 BQA Free Certification Period Announced

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BQA Partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. provides free certification through Nov. 13

The countdown has begun once again for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 13. And, as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funded in part by the beef checkoff.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will pick up the $25-$50 online training fee for every person completing BQA training through Nov. 13. That includes anyone who works with cattle – whether it is beef or dairy. Visitwww.bqa.org to take advantage of the open certification period. Continue reading

04-01-16 Only Two Weeks Remain for Free BQA Certification!

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Only Two Weeks Remain for Free BQA Certification!

BQA partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. provides free certification through April 15th

With only two weeks remaining, the countdown continues for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for freeonline through April 15. And, as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a pair of Roper boots, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funded by the beef checkoff. Continue reading

01-27-16 BQA Free Certification Period Announced…

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BQA partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. provides free certification through April 15

During the 2016 Annual Cattle Industry Convention,Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announced a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) free-certification period — from now through April 15. Beef and dairy producers can take advantage of free BQA certification onlinecourtesy of BIVI and the BQA program, which is funded by the beef checkoff. Register today and complete your certification at your own convenience. Continue reading

09-15-15 BQA Free Certification Period Announced…

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BQA Partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. provides free certification through Nov. 20th

The countdown has begun for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 20. And, as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funded in part by the beef checkoff. Continue reading

06-18-15 BQA Award Deadline Extended…

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Award applications for the 10th annual checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award continue to be accepted.

The 2016 National BQA Awards recognize five winners in the areas of beef, dairy, marketing and education.

To submit an application, click here. The entry deadline has been extended . Applications are due via the online submission form by June 25, 2015.

For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

UNDERSTANDING THE BEEF CHECKOFF PROGRAM

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04-02-15 BQA Free Certification Period Deadline Approaching…

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Through April 15, producers and those affiliated with the cattle industry can take advantage of free Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) online certification, courtesy ofBoehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) and the BQA program, funded by the beef checkoff. Visit bqa.org/team to receive your certification today!

BQA helps increase consumer confidence in the beef industry by demonstrating that the industry strives to produce a safe, wholesome product. All segments of the industry can benefit from becoming BQA-certified, including producers from cow-calf, dairy, stocker and feedlot operations, and anyone affiliated with those segments. With an overall focus on animal handling and disease treatment and prevention, online certification modules are customized to meet each segment’s needs.

“It worked great to break up the training modules and complete them over a two-week period. It fit my schedule,” says Keith York, dairy producer from Lake Geneva, Wisc., and 2014 Dairy BQA Award winner. “It was not only helpful for me to review some of the new animal handling information, but it was also a great tool for my employees. It was an effective way to manage and train the employees so they all knew where we stand on cattle handling and animal welfare issues. It’s a great tool to reaffirm best management practices.” Continue reading