Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Marshall County Office
126 Barn Drive
P.O. Box 309
Moundsville, WV 26041-0309

Phone: 304-843-1170
Fax: 304-845-2355
Office Hours 8:30 – 4:30 Mon-Fri
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Youth Livestock Quality Assurance Program

Current Requirements for 2016 and Beyond

All 4-H/FFA members enrolled in any beef, dairy, goat, horse/pony, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and/or swine project (breeding or market) are required complete the online QA training to be eligible to exhibit their project animals at any West Virginia county and state 4-H/FFA shows and events.

2016 and Beyond Program Requirements:

1. All youth participating in a livestock project for the first time must complete the online YQA training program regardless of age.

2. All youth changing age classification (Junior to Intermediate or Intermediate to Senior), must complete the training again in its entirety (recertification). This will result in youth completing the training three times during their 4-H career.

3. All youth who enroll in a project involving a species for which they have not previously completed the online training must complete the section for the new species.

4. West Virginia 4-H/FFA members will have access to the AH&QA program from April 15th through July 1st, 2017. Exhibitors must complete the online QA training no later than July 1, 2017 in order to show at any 2017 Fair in the state of West Virginia.

Age Classifications

Juniors: Age 8-10 as of January 1, 2017

Intermediate: Age 11-13 as of January 1, 2017

Seniors: Age 14-21 as of January 1, 2017

Getting Started

The program must be completed using Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browsers. The program is NOT supported by Internet Explorer.

4-H/FFA members may access the AH&QA program at http://www.agnr.umd.edu/ahqa/ or via a link on the WVUES website at http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/youth_agriculture/program_resources.

After going to one of the above links, participants will be asked to register for the program. All youth participants must register and be logged in for the system to track their progress and record their completion of the program. Participant status is indicated at the top of the screen. When logged in correctly, the message will read “Logged in: [Participant Name]”.

If the member is not logged in, the message will read “Guest”. If you complete as a guest, we will not be able to verify completion and no certificate with “Guest” will be accepted as proof of completion.

When registered, participants will be provided a unique Passcode. Members should write their Passcode down and keep it in a safe place!

Participants may log out of the program at any time and return to the place at which they logged out. No progress will be lost. However, their passcode is required to do so.

Participants will be asked to respond to questions to evaluate knowledge at different points during the program. Participants will be asked to enter their passcode when responding to the quizzes.

The AH&QA program has voice narration, so the material is provided in both written and oral formats.

The program takes about 45 minutes for Juniors to complete and 60-75 minutes for Intermediate/Seniors to complete. Intermediate and Senior members will complete species specific modules for each species for which they are enrolled.

Upon completion of the program, participants should print their Certificate of Completion and staple to the inside of one of their record guides. Each member’s progress will be kept in a statewide database and their County 4-H staff will receive notification that they have completed the online QA training.

Questions about the program may be directed to: Kevin S. Shaffer, Ph. D. – Livestock Production Specialist West Virginia University Extension Service 2084 Ag. Sci. Bldg – PO Box 6108 Morgantown, WV 26506 Office: (304) 293-2669 Email: Kevin.Shaffer@mail.wvu.edu

The Maryland and West Virginia 4-H and FFA Animal Husbandry & Quality Assurance (AH&QA) Program is an on-line training program which enables youth to fulfill their Quality Assurance training requirement via internet from their home, school or local library. This program is offered to help youth who participate in 4-H and FFA animal projects in Maryland and West Virginia learn about their role as food producers and the importance of caring for, grooming and showing their animals in safe and ethical ways.