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Happy 4th of July!

As we celebrate our nation's birthday, we wish all of our producers, supporters, and friends a happy, fun, and safe 4th! And don't forget -- AGA grassfed will make your barbecue the most popular place in the neighborhood.

AGA Leaders to Speak at Slow Food Nations
Slow Food USA welcomes the world to Denver, Colorado for Slow Food Nations, a festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all. 

The weekend will combine the energy of a street food festival, the rigor of an academic conference, and the inspiration of a cultural exchange. Visitors will enjoy dozens of interactive workshops, delicious tastings, local tours, educational talks, and plenty of meals and parties. 

Slow Food Nations connects farmers and families, leaders, and eaters to share our stories and shape the future of food.

Carrie Balkcom, AGA's executive director, and AGA President Will Harris will be speaking on several panels during the weekend.

Balkcom will join Joe Maxwell and Angela Huffman of the Organization for Competitive Markets, Mike Callicrate of Ranch Foods Direct, and Greg Gunthorp of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association on a panel during the delegate meetings on Friday.  Breaking the Corporate Stranglehold  will introduce attendees to the concepts of antitrust, anti-competition, market abuses and what we all can do to break up the abusive power to allow a path forward for good, clean, and fair food in America. The panel is open to delegates only.

Harris, Wayne  Pacelle of HSUS, and cookbook author Deborah Madison will present     A Vegan and a Rancher Walk Into a Room, and will explore animal welfare, labeling and mindful eating.  This panel is open to the public and tickets are still available !

Balkcom and Harris will also appear on a panel with Daisy Fruend of the ASPCA.  Food Labeling & Transparency will dive into the marketplace mayhem of food labels and the ongoing battles to bring clarity to conscientious consumers -- from the white-knuckle fight to maintain Obama-era reforms in the USDA Organic program to the high-stakes effort to define the booming grassfed label. This panel is also open to delegates only.

Some of the weekend's events are ticketed, but the Taste Marketplace is free and open to the public. Visit the website for complete details.

Checkoff Refunds Available in Many States
Not satisfied with your state checkoff programs? 

You may be eligible for a refund.

Checkoff tax payments are mandatory, but in many states a refund from the state-level checkoff program is available. Each state has its own regulations and process. Find your state and refund information here.

Flying B Bar Ranch Grassfed Now Available at Denver's Famous Brown Palace Hotel

(Denver) Grassfed beef from Flying B Bar Ranch, an American Grassfed Association Certified Producer, is now on the menu at Denver's Brown Palace restaurants. The new addition is part of the ongoing effort by Chef Garrett Kasper to include as many local and sustainable products as possible in the hotel's dining rooms.

"Beef" Up Your Summer Reading and Support AGA on Amazon!
Did you know AGA has its own Amazon page?  You can find a great list of AGA recommended books and cookbooks; as well as some fun kitchen gadgets!  For each purchase on our page, Amazon will donate to AGA for our research and education foundation.  

Is It Time For Your Audit?
Just a friendly reminder to all our producers to make sure and schedule your re-audit before your certification expires!  Check your certificate for the expiration date.  Remember, the audit is conducted every 15 months!   Email us with any questions or if you need help with your re-audit and certification renewal.
Have You Added Your Information To The Producer Marketplace? 

Visit the AGA Marketplace to connect with AGA producers, find AGA certified products, and create posts for items wanted, available, or up for trade! We have companies looking for products. It's a direct way to connect with buyers. 
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