The Wisconsin MAQA program is a curriculum consisting of a leader’s guide, hands on activities and power point presentations to aid the trainers in program delivery.   This program meets the requirements of the Youth PQA Plus program from the National Pork Board.  Care and Management, Animal Health Products and Animal Handling are the topics of the program.  One topic is taught per year on a rotational manner.  The program is for 8-19 year olds (must be in grade 3-13, not available for Cloverbuds) as of January 1 of the current year.  It is designed to be coordinated by local county certified trainers and volunteers.  Certified trainers need to attend a training once every 3 years and are specifically Extension personnel, Agriculture Education Instructors and Veterinarians.  County programs need to meet the minimum standards of the WI MAQA program.  However county programs can be more strict than the WI MAQA program.  Contact the counties in which youth exhibit for specific requirements.  Currently the Wisconsin State Fair requires MAQA certification for exhibition in the swine project.

Project Coordinator:
Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Animal Science Department

MAQA Committee:
Tammy Vaassen, Wisconsin Pork Association
Mark Zimmerman, Spencer Agriculture Education Instructor
Jeff Hicken, Department of Public Instruction
Adam Hady, Extension Ag Agent, Richland County
Alissa Grenawalt, Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Animal Sciences Department
Lori Berget, Extension 4-H Agent, Lafayette County
Pam Hobson, Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Bonnie Borden, Extension 4-H Agent, Dodge County
Beth Heinze, Extension Dairy Youth Specialist, University of Wisconsin Madison- Dairy Science Department
Sarah Mills-Lloyd, Extension Ag Agent, Oconto County
Ron Kean, Extension Poultry Specialist, UW Madison Animal Sciences Department

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