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YQCA Informational Webinar Planned for September 14
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/08/2017

A state committee helping to coordinate the new Youth for the Quality Care of Animals, or YQCA program, is inviting 4-H leaders and other educators to take part in a webinar this month to learn more about the initiative. The online informational session will be held September 14 at 7:00 p.m. through a YouTube live stream.

YQCA is a new nationwide multi-specie program developed to strengthen the youth educational experience. It replaces the Meat Animal Quality Assurance program, which has helped youth who exhibit market animals learn about the importance of raising safe and wholesome food products by focusing on the proper care and welfare of animals.

Bernadette O'Rourke is the Extension Youth Livestock Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Animal Sciences Department. She says the new YQCA is available online and includes content and modules that demonstrate a progression of topic knowledge in designated age categories, including Junior (8-11), Intermediate (12-14), Senior (15-18) and Young Adult (19-21).

"Each year, youth complete one new module in Animal Welfare, Food Safety and Character Education," O'Rourke said. "YQCA gives ag families more flexibility in gaining this required certification, which is more convenient to accommodate busy seasonal schedules."

O'Rourke says youth will spend about 60 minutes each year completing the modules. Participating in the online program also saves money on fuel and food costs associated with attending trainings, though there will still be a nominal fee to participate in the sessions.

Starting this fall, the YQCA will replace Wisconsin's MAQA program and the National Pork Board Youth Pork Quality Assurance program.

For more information or to register for the webinar, email O'Rourke at:

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