New USDA Grants, Good News September, Farm Templates and Planning Guides

+ this week’s news from your peers
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Photo Credit: Centennial Valley (CV) Grass Fed Cattle in Centennial, WY
Dear Dennis,

I hope this email finds you doing well. Our producer survey wrapped up this week, and many thanks to all of you who filled it out. We will be analyzing and reading every response—and taking them into consideration for future resources, services and ways we can better support you this year. We’ll also be contacting the lucky winners of the audit fee discount drawing later this month.

One of our farmers, Wes Jarrell, passed along this article in the New York Times about misleading food labels (featuring another farmer in the AGW family, Greg Gunthorp). Whether or not the author realized it, they were making a great case for third party certification. Big Food greenwashing industrial products is a problem, but a big part of the solution is YOU, our certified producers, showing there are truly independent sustainable farmers out there, and that AGW certification is the way to find them (and their products!). Thanks for being our answer to the question consumers ask us all the time: ‘How do I find food I can trust?’

Read on for news and resources below:

USDA Grant Announcement
The USDA announced this week that $700 million in grants will be available to provide relief for farmworkers, meatpacking and food workers impacted by COVID-19. You’ll find the press release and details about the Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant program online, and information about application procedures and deadlines is forthcoming. The AMS will be offering webinars and technical guidance, outlined here

AGW Submits Public Comments to USDA
We recently submitted comments to the USDA on “Investments and Opportunities for Meat and Poultry Processing Infrastructure” as they seek to expand and diversify meat and poultry processing capacity and make the supply chain more resilient. You can read our comments here. The deadline has passed but comments can still be submitted.

What Good News Can You Share?
Throughout the month of September, we’ll be sharing good news from AGW-certified farms across North America. Keep an eye on our info.

Featured Resource: Farm Templates and Plans
Need some guidance on writing a farm health plan or streamlining your records? A Greener World offers free templates for farm records, health plans and more. These are designed for AGW-certified farms and ranches, but feel free to use and share widely—whether you’re certified or not! Check out the full list of free downloads.

From Your Peers 
This week,

  • The Times Leader features Lands at Hillside Farm in Shavertown, PA and their AGW-certified dairy cattle in a recent article about using retired dairy cows to build soil fertility by increasing biodiversity and nutrients through grazing.
  • In the Consumer Reports article, “Everything you Wanted to Know about Costco Chicken,” the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label is noted for consumers wanting to purchase a high-welfare bird.
  • Citizen Tribune highlights the newly certified Six Stone Jars Farm in Tazewell, TN.
Wishing you well in the week ahead,
Emily Moose
Executive Director
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