What our logo on your label tells your customers:

  • Your animals were fed a lifetime diet of 100% forage
  • Your animals were raised on pasture, not in confinement
  • Your animals were never treated with hormones or antibiotics

Producer Members may apply for certification upon completion of the membership process. Membership in AGA does not grant certification. No member may claim to be AGA certified or use the AGA logo until after a full and complete certification audit and approval from AGA.

Becoming an Approved AGA Producer

Step 1:

Download the Membership and Certification Submission Checklist  here to help guide you through the process.

Download a copy of the Ruminant Standards or Dairy Standards.  Please make sure to read them thoroughly and if any questions remain, please email us (standards@americangrassfed.org) with your your specific points of inquiry.

Step 2:

Make sure your AGA membership is current. (Learn more about membership and download a form on our membership page.)  Please note that we are unable to process any inspection forms without a current membership.

Step 3:

Choose your auditing agent.  If you have other certifications, such as organic or state or local programs, we can work with that auditor to do the AGA audit at the same time, and they will advise you as to the cost ( if any) of the bundled inspections. If you don’t have any other certifications, then we can provide you with a list of inspection agents to choose from; or you may also use an extension agent or ruminant veterinarian.  FOR AN INSPECTOR LIST – CLICK HERE.

Once you choose a firm or person to conduct the audit, the auditor must contact AGA for the proper paperwork via email to Standards@americangrassfed.org.

*Please note:  In order to maintain true third-party certification status, AGA will have no financial interest in the arrangements between you and the inspecting agent, nor will we recommend one auditor over another. 

Step 4:

Once the farm visit (inspection) is completed, the inspector must send the paperwork to AGA (all submission methods are listed on the Membership and Certification Submission Document). 

Step 5:

Our Certification Committee will review all submitted paperwork.  Once they determine that you qualify for Approved AGA Producer status, AGA will send you paperwork to complete the process.

Step 6:

Sign and return the licensing agreement to AGA with the $150 licensing fee.  Upon receipt of the signed document and payment, AGA will issue your certification.

FEE STRUCTURES FOR MEMBERSHIP AND CERTIFICATION:

Approved AGA Producer members pay $100 per year for membership dues and a $150 licensing fee the first year. Beginning in year two, the licensing fee drops to $100.00. In addition, Approved Producer members pay a per head fee, currently $1.00 per head for large ruminants ( beef or bison) or per head milked and/or .25 for small ruminants ( goat and sheep) for every animal harvested for the Approved Producer program (any animal harvested that uses the AGA logo). This fee will be determined by the AGA certification committee. A form will be sent to you with your annual billing, and this payment will be made along with your yearly membership and license fee.

Existing producer members who are current and have already paid $100.00 for their annual membership will pay the additional $100.00 once the audit and approval process is completed. Your licensing fee will be prorated to align you with AGA’s billing cycle, which is a calendar cycle.  Once you are approved and licensed, you can use the AGA Grassfed logo on your labels and promotional materials. And remember, if you see that logo being used on products you doubt meet the AGA standards, please tell us!

Together, we will maintain the integrity of the AGA brand, the original and oldest grassfed certification in the U.S.