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LATEST NEWS FROM AMERICAN GRASSFED ASSOCIATION
From our desks to your farms and ranches.
4 Things You Need to Know About Grass-Fed Milk
By: Good Housekeeping
The grass is greener on the other side of the dairy aisle!

1. Grassfed milk is more nutritious - 
Organic whole milk from grass-fed cows contained 62% more omega-3 fats and 25% fewer omega-6 ones than the conventional kind

2. Quailty fats are better than low fat - 
While it's stripped away from 1% or skim options, the dietary fat in milk helps you absorb the A and D vitamins

3. Costs - Owing to higher production costs as well as a limited supply, you can expect to pay about 30% more for grass-fed milk or yogurt versus soy- or grain-fed options.

4. "Organic" and "Grassfed" are not the same - 
While the government doesn't currently regulate what "grass-fed" means, the American Grassfed Association is setting its own standard to help shoppers. Producers can use their green label if cows spend a minimum of 150 days grazing outside each season and eat dried forage during the colder months. Feeding grain in any form is a big no-no, along with hormone and antibiotic use.


Looking for Inspectors to conduct an on-farm AGA inspection?
Ready to take the next step in the certification process but can't find an inspector?

We  are pleased to update the farm inspection processes for the AGA Certification Program.  The new processes will give you much more flexibility in arranging and choosing an inspection service you can build a relationship with or pick one that will only come in to do the inspection and supply the paperwork to the AGA Certification Committee.

You can have them contact the AGA office and we will provide them the paperwork and training to complete the inspection to meet our standards. We will work with them through the process so that you are completely comfortable with the process.
 
IF you are holding other certifications, such as organic, grow local, etc, then we suggest inquiring with the nationally based, approved third party certification agencies as they are able to provide a bundling service in most cases.  Bundling services allow you to get multiple inspections completed at one time so as to save you time and money.
 
We want this experience to be the best for you and the AGA program. We are always open to any options you may have.  Many of our members have great relationships with Ag leaders in their communities, and we welcome the opportunity to work with them as well. In building a relationship, you, the farmer, will be able to call upon these folks for other information, resources, and education. 

For a full list of inspectors already approved by AGA - Please email Standards@americangrassfed.org.


Grassfed Labeling - What is going on?!?
As the interest in Grassfed continues to grow, so does the number of 'bogus" grassfed labels in the marketplace.  
FSIS, the USDA agency the approves labels only requires an affidavit about where the "grassfed" is coming from. We find this disturbing. We are having on going face to face conversations with FSIS and are hopeful that we can change the way labels are approved.
Until that time, if you see a label in the marketplace that you're unsure of, send us a clear picture of the front and back of the label (make sure to capture the USDA est. # on the label) and we will do our best to find out the source so you're not having to compete with 'feedlot" grassfed, or mislabeled grassfed.  Send the pictures to standards@americangrassfed.org and we will follow up on it for you. All information sent to us will be kept completely confidential.

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Did you know when you shop on Amazon you can support American Grassfed on Amazon's charitable giving fund, Amazon Smile!  Next time you shop, select American Grassfed as your charity. 

Here's how -  Click here!

Thank you for your support!


The 2017 Grassfed Exchange Conference

We are headed to Albany, NY!

The Grassfed Exchange is hosting their annual conference this year from September 27-29th in Albany, New York.  

AGA will be setting up a trade show booth where you can meet one of our Board Members, Chad Lemke - AGA Secretary and Co-Founder of The Grassfed Sustainability Group, our Event Director, Alaina Menez, and other AGA members. 

"The Grassfed Exchange Conference is a gathering of regenerative ranchers, dairymen, and sustainable food supporters from across the world who come together to network and exchange ideas. We desire to help producers and consumers grow in the knowledge of the grassfed industry."

 
Want to gain access to our Grassfed Producer EXCLUSIVE network and marketplace?!

We have people and companies looking for products. It is a DIRECT WAY TO CONNECT WITH PRODUCERS AND BUYERS.

Visit the Marketplace to: 
  • CONNECT with AGA producers 
  • FIND AGA CERTIFIED PRODUCTS
  • Create posts for ITEMS WANTED, AVAILABLE, OR UP FOR TRADE!

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