Checkoff calling for nominations for Beef Quality Assurance Awards

Mar 15, 2013
by WLJ

Applications for the sixth annual checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards are now being accepted. The National BQA Awards recognize four winners in the area of beef, dairy, marketing and education:

• The beef and dairy awards recognize producers that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.

• The BQA Educator Award is open to individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.

• The BQA Marketer Award is open to livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified.

The BQA award winners will be selected by a committee of representatives from universities, state beef councils and affiliated groups.

Nominations can be submitted by any organization, group, or individual on behalf of a U.S. beef producer, marketer or educator. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves; however, the nominees are expected to be involved in the preparation of the application.

Applications are due via the online submission form by July 1, 2013.

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