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A Letter from the AGA President

A letter from Will Harris was released On October 13, 2017 regarding an issue and threat to YOU, the American Grassfed Producer.  Below is an excerpt but PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE FULL LETTER.

"A movement has begun that could be economically devastating to those of us who produce grassfed beef in the United States, and will slow the important work we all do in creating regenerative landscapes and strengthening family farms. Although this letter only concerns itself with beef, the other species we represent may be affected in the coming years."

AGA: Proudly Grazed In The USA
Cattle Drive at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton GA.

What AGA Does For You

Not only is AGA the leading set of standards and certification for grassfed meat and dairy with endorsements from Mercola and the Organic Consumers Association, but we are also the only certification that ONLY supports USA farmers and ranchers.  We stand behind the local farms and ranchers that help to build rural economies, local communities, improve animal welfare, and regenerate the american lands and soil.  

AGA regularly meets with the USDA to fight for the rights and proper labeling claims for our producers - the ones that are truly doing grassfed right.  We team up with organizations such as the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) to help protect producers from unfair government practice and check-off programs.  We have a voice and we share that voice with you, our producers, to ensure your concerns are heard in government.

AGA also works closely with consumer groups, chefs, butchers, and schools.  We want to make sure that we are up-to-date on all of the latest information and that that information is shared with our producers.  We think it is important to be educated in every aspect of the industry to maximize marketability and success for our producers.

Finally, AGA works diligently to be in attendance at top industry conferences to represent the AGA producer and to educate others on the importance of standards and certification.  We work with the conference leaders of Shiftcon, SRM meeting, Slow Meat, Quivira, SRM, HMI events, Savory events, and more to market our producers.  We get your product and your name out across the country to get more exposure for your certified farms and ranches.

Our goal is to keep our producers at the top.  American Grassfed Association stands firmly for the American grassfed producer.

Buyer Beware: Most Collagen Supplements Sourced From CAFOs
Article by Dr. Mercola, released on (Excerpt Below)

Recent laboratory testing stirred up controversy with popular collagen and bone broth products results revealing potential contaminants - including antibiotics, prescription drug metabolites, parabens, steroids and insecticides.
"The nonprofit Consumer Wellness Center has completed testing of eight popular bone broth and bone broth protein products to determine the possible presence of chemical pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, toxicological chemicals and food additive chemicals. No companies paid the CWC to be included or excluded from these tests. All products were purchased from in the year 2017.
Lot numbers of each product tested are included in the full results. No one involved in this testing has any financial stake in the success or failure of any bone broth product ... Chemical analytes were confirmed using five different scientific analysis methods. Those methods, encompassed in LC-MS-TOF analysis, include accurate mass, retention time, isotopic ratios, isotopic spacing and ion fragmentation 'fingerprint' analysis." 3
If the product is derived from bovines (cows), you'll want to make sure the product is certified grass fed. Keep in mind that this applies not only to collagen supplements but also to gelatin, commonly used in cooking and baking. In this case, the label you're looking for is the American Grassfed Certification label. The American Grassfed Association's logo is the only one able to guarantee the animals:
  • Have been fed a 100 percent forage diet
  • Have never been confined in a feedlot
  • Have never received antibiotics or hormones
  • Were born and raised on American family farms (a vast majority of the grass fed meats sold in grocery stores are imported, and without COOL labeling, there's no telling where it came from or what standards were followed)

The AGA Marketplace is a DIRECT way to connect with certified U.S.A. Grassfed Producers.

Support the AMERICAN Grassfed Producer and visit the Marketplace to: 
  • CONNECT with AGA certified producers 

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