Taking a minute

and planning where we can
Dear Rebecca,

I truly hope this email finds you and those you love safe and well. Summer is officially here, and as we move into a new season, you, your families and your communities continue to be on our minds.

We have work ahead of us, and many of us are experiencing a wide range of circumstances. With the backdrop of on an ongoing pandemic and social, political and financial unrest continuing in our country, I have to remind myself daily to control the things I can, and let go of the rest. From farmer to farmer, I would like to share that with you, too. If you have a farm plan for navigating changes like we have faced and are facing, take a minute to review it. Even though you may not feel like you have a second to spare, reviewing your plans is a good way to get back a little control. Our recent article on planning during this time might be helpful. The AGW program also has farm templates and plans for your recordkeeping and planning going forward.

We are here for you, so please let us know if there are ways we can support you during this time. You can respond to this email, or contact our team by email or phone. You will find for more updates from the AGW program below.

Discounted Rates: Certified Non-GMO by AGW
Have you been thinking about becoming Certified Non-GMO by AGW? If so, now is your chance: for a limited time, we’re offering a 20% discount. We’d love to talk with you more about the opportunity, discuss the benefits of certifying your products as Non-GMO, explain how Certified Non-GMO by AGW stacks up to other non-GMO labels out there or connect you with our team to learn more about the certification process. We encourage you to get in touch with your regional coordinator with any questions and review the discounted rates. We look forward to working with you.

Slaughter Plant Needs
We have heard from many of you across the country that plants in your area are booked for quite some time, making it hard to schedule processing dates. We encourage you to contact us if you run into challenges and need to change plants because we may be able to help.

Help Farmers Feed Hungry Families
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who has shared and supported our fundraiser to help farms donate to food banks around the country. Lucky Hook Farm in Washington raises Certified Grassfed by AGW dairy goats and have almost reached their goal to donate goat milk to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Can you or your friend or family member share their giving page with your networks to help them meet their goal?

Resources

  • COVID-19 Collected Resources for Farmers includes new resources added recently!
  • AGW Marketplace is for anyone and everyone seeking or selling AGW-certified products.
  • AGW Farm-to-Farm Sales page is here for AGW-certified producers to place advertisements for livestock, forage or feed or even to lease pasture for grazing. All you have to do is fill out this form to place an ad.
  • AGW’s Online Shopping page connects consumers with AGW-certified products available for online order with both national and regional delivery. Make sure you are listed!
  • Video check-ins with farmers, processors, and people working in the supply chain across the country share how folks have adapted to pandemic-related changes in their businesses.
  • AGW’s technical support services and Farm Health Online help address technical questions and issues.
  • Need AGW-branded promotional materials for your delivery boxes, farmers’ market stands? Or a new shipment of AGW-branded egg cartons for your Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW eggs? You can order those online, and please stay tuned for new arrivals like AGW-branded window clings for deli cases, store windows or delivery trucks!

 
News from AGW-certified farms
AGW-certified producers continue to appear in the headlines, and this week, on podcasts too! Hear Jacqueline Smith from Central Grazing Company on The Sustainable Dish podcast tell the story of how she got started raising sheep and how she has built and continues to grow a supply chain that benefits people, land and animals. Eater Carolinas highlighted challenges in local food supply chains in NC, and interviewed Jennifer Curtis from Firsthand Foods, Durham-based food hub selling NC-produced meat (AGW-certified lamb from producers in their lamb network and AGW-certified pork from the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association). We’ll continue to share updates in this space, and be sure to follow us on social media—Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—for the latest news from the program and your peers.

Sincerely,

Andrew Gunther
Executive Director
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