Farmers meeting to focus on getting paid for quality

Monday, November 26, 2001

An informational meeting will be held over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 7-9 p.m. discussing quality systems and how they can be applied to agriculture.

The thrust of the meeting will focus on the ISO Quality System approach. Some innovative farmers in the state have already been certified to this system while others are asking questions. This meeting will give basic information concerning ISO 9001:2000 and will answer questions from farmers interested in the system.

The meeting will be available at the Sac City High School ICN (enter through the west door).

Iowa State University Extension is planning on offering training this winter for farmers who would like to become ISO certified. This program will assist farmers in deciding if the system is something that they might want to pursue.

Presenters include Jim Jensen, ISU Extension, who will discuss quality trends, current standings of ISO, and the future for interested farmers. Verl Anders, CIRAS, will present, "What is an ISO Quality System?" Bill Northey, Innovative Growers, will present, "Organization is a Must."

There is no charge for the meeting and the public is invited. Sponsorship for the meeting is being shared by Innovative Growers, Iowa State University Extension and CIRAS.