May 30, 2014 Press Releases
The Okeechobee Campus of Faith Farm Ministries, a long-time producer of quality beef cattle in Okeechobee, Fl, recently achieved the Beef Quality Assurance Certification, provided through a promotional offer from Boehringer Ingelheim and the national Beef Check Off Program. All full-time employees and program graduates involved in the daily cattle operation at Faith Farm passed multiple BQA Certification tests, making this the first drug & alcohol rehab center in the nation to achieve this certification.
The Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to safety and quality within every segment of the beef industry. “The BQA program is a great training program to ensure the security of US beef and we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Allen Patterson, Assistant Director of Okeechobee Faith Farm. “Having BQA certified employees and students verifies that all cattle we produce and send to market are handled under consistent guidelines with sound and safe practices. Through a partnership with the folks at BQA, Faith Farm will be incorporating this certification process into our Comprehensive Work Training, in which our program students are involved.”
Faith Farm Ministries is a free, minimum 9 month, faith-based, addiction recovery program with residential services for more than 445 men and women who have lost control of their lives due to alcohol and/or illegal and pharmaceutical drug addictions. We prepare the student for a competitive job market through Comprehensive Work Therapy training that teaches resume worthy vocational skills, work ethics, team work and conflict resolution. They are assisted with resumes, job searches, trade school scholarships, applications and interviewing skills. The Okeechobee campus of Faith Farm is located on over 1500 acres, and includes a working beef cattle ranch, as well as a citrus operation, a dairy calf operation, a salvage recycling program, and a local thrift store. Although we are geographically located in south Florida, students have come to Faith Farm from all over the country and beyond. Since 2008, we have had students from 41 of the 50 United States.