I hope all of you are doing well this February and staying warm as we inch a little closer to Spring. Some on our team are starting to see the first daffodils brave another freeze while others are still breaking ice in water troughs. The thaw can’t come soon enough! As many state, local and provincial governments deliberate how to navigate the pandemic-to-endemic transition of COVID-19, we know there’s a lot of uncertainty still. As things evolve, for better or worse, our team is here to help any way we can. You can always reach out to us at 1-800-373-8806, info or through your regional coordinator if needed. In the meantime, read on for news from AGW and beyond.
Featured Blog Post: Can We All Just Eat Real Food?
Here’s a crazy idea… can we all just eat real food?! Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic growth in public concern about the impact of our food choices on the environment, with the rise of campaigns like Veganuary capturing much media attention. In response, the major food corporations have launched an ever-increasing range of plant-based or lab-grown ‘meat alternatives’ that are often marketed as a healthier, ‘planet friendly’ alternatives to beef and other meat and dairy products. But is this seemingly endless supply of unhealthy, unnatural, ultra-processed ‘plant-based’ products the answer to all our health (and environmental) problems? And is lab-grown ‘meat’ really the panacea it seems? Read our latest blog.
Celebrating AGW Farmer and Kingsford Fellow Ron Simmons
Kingsford’s new ‘Preserve the Pit’ fellowship program pairs up-and-coming Black barbecue entrepreneurs with established mentors. AGW-certified Animal Welfare Approved hog farmer Ron Simmons of Master Blend Family Farms in Kenansville, NC was selected as an inaugural fellow, continuing a longstanding family tradition of pastured hog production and barbecue. This coming year, Preserve the Pit will double in size, offering six fellowships along with 10 additional grants. Congratulations to Ron and the whole Master Blend Family Farm team for this well-deserved honor and a successful fellowship. Read more here in this article from USA Today.
AGW Out & About
The upcoming CT NOFA Virtual Winter Conference will include a presentation on Farm Certification by A Greener World. Tickets start at just $15 and virtual attendees can register here. Staff from AGW will also be attending Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA this March. If you’ll also be in attendance and you’d like to connect with our team, please be in touch – we’re always glad to chat in person!
Featured Resource: Technical Advice Fact Sheet 21 – Weaning Age in Beef Cattle
This technical paper examines the impact of early weaning on calf and cow (including scientific evidence of stress and production issues), and the benefits of later weaning for both calf productivity and cow condition.
Shop AGW Signage
With CSA signups and farmers markets right around the corner, make sure you’re showing off your AGW certifications. Our signage makes it easy, with metal signs for Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW, Certified Non-GMO by AGW along with a vinyl Certified Animal Welfare by AGW banner perfect for displays. Place your order online or by calling 541-526-1119.
Updates From Your Peers
Please catch the latest press mentions about AGW-certified producers and the program below. This week,
- Enjoy this article from Food Tank listing Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW is the “gold standard” food label.
- Congratulations to Keenan Family Farm in Salmon Arm, BC on expanding their Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW laying hens 10-fold. Read more at this INFOnews article.
- Working Cows Dairy in Slocomb, AL received a USDA grant according to Montgomery Advisor which they will use for marketing, distribution, packaging and processing costs. Working Cows Dairy produces a wide array of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW, certified organic dairy products.
- Listen to this great podcast by Food Print where experts talk about the true cost of cheap rotisserie chicken, and how to find chicken that you can feel good about buying. Guests recommend looking for Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification, a“rigorous and trustworthy label”.
- Landon Farm in Sperryville, VA is featured in this Mother Earth News article “Farming with Disabilities”. Landon Farm raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) pigs, laying hens, beef cattle, dairy cattle and dairy and meat goats.