2020

AGA NEWS & PRESS

  • COVID-19 Resources For America’s Family Farms & Ranches

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    AGA’s members are spread out across the country, manage tens to tens of thousands of acres, and structure their businesses many different ways. So you’ve been affected differently by the spread of coronavirus and state and federal responses to it.

    Because no single solution fits all of you, we are gathering whatever resources we find here. This post will be updated.

    Polk County, IA
    Washington, D.C. metro area
    Loudon & Henrico County, VA
    Fulton & Newton Counties, GA
    Suffolk County, MA
    Cook County, IL
    Dallas, Tarrant & Travis & Counties, TX
    Denver, CO
    Wayne County, MI
    Utah County, UT
    Rutherford County, NC
    Madison County, AL
    Valencia County, NM
    Miami-Dade County, FL
    Franklin County, OH
    Los Angeles metro area
    New York City metro area
    Northridge, CA
    Sarpy County, NE
    Allegheny County, PA
    Crook County, OR
    Redmond, WA
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Seattle, WA

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  • USDA Initiates Truth In Labeling Rulemaking In Response To Our Petition

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    On March 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) responded to a petition filed by the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and American Grassfed Association (AGA) regarding truth in labeling of imported meat.
    The OCM and AGA petition, filed in June 2018, called for FSIS to ensure only domestic meat products can be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” The current policy allows imported meat to bear the “Product of U.S.A.” label if it simply passes through a USDA-inspected plant, allowing foreign profiteers to mislabel meat products and plunder the profits of U.S. farmers and ranchers at the expense of U.S. consumers.
    In today’s response, FSIS indicated it has decided to initiate rulemaking to define the conditions under which the labeling of meat products would be permitted to bear voluntary statements that indicate that the product is of U.S. origin, such as “Product of USA” or “Made in the USA.”
    AGA Executive Director Carrie Balkcom said, “The members and supporters of American Grassfed will aggressively participate in the comment period when this rulemaking process opens. We ask that the comment period be sooner rather than later to allow American farmers to continue to Make America Great, per the mantra of our executive branch and its appointees. For the USDA to continue to allow foreign products to be labeled ‘Product of U.S.A.’ continues to penalize American family farms and farmers.”
    OCM Executive Director Angela Huffman said, “Far too often, global monopolies control our regulatory system and almost guarantee the biggest cheaters win. We are encouraged that FSIS agrees with our concerns that the current ‘Product of U.S.A.’ labeling system causes confusion for consumers and takes money out of the pockets of the farmer. We want to thank FSIS for opening up the rulemaking process to right this wrong. Farmers, ranchers and consumers deserve fair and transparent markets.”
    In response to OCM and AGA, FSIS said:
    “After careful consideration of your petition and the 2,593 public comments submitted to regulations.gov in response to your petition, FSIS has concluded that its current labeling policy, which permits meat and poultry products that were derived from animals that may have been born, raised and slaughtered in another country but processed in the United States to be labeled as “Product of USA,” may be causing confusion in the marketplace, particularly with respect to certain imported meat products.”
    Following the repeal of mandatory Country of Origin Labeling in 2015, global meatpacking corporations began abusing the voluntary “Product of U.S.A.” label by misbranding meat and meat products from foreign countries as “Product of U.S.A.” after moving them through USDA-inspected processing plants. OCM and AGA continue to call on Congress and the Administration to reinstate mandatory Country of Origin Labeling.
    Visit our producer map to find grassfed, pasture-based products from American farmers and ranchers.
    Listen to our conversation with Joe Maxwell to learn more about the consolidation of American agriculture.
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  • Grazin’ Hell Episode 2: Chris Baggott Talks About Tyner Pond Farm & His Vertically Integrated Restaurant Business

    Like a lot of people, Chris Baggott‘s views on food and agriculture were upended by the writings of Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin. Unlike most people, Chris had already had at least two careers worth of success before he launched Tyner Pond Farm with his wife, Amy.

    His first entrepreneurial venture was a small chain of dry cleaners, where he learned the value of email marketing. In the late 90s. After closing the dry cleaning business, Chris co-founded an email marketing platform called ExactTarget.

    He left ExactTarget in the mid 2000s to co-found another company Compendium block where in 2010, Chris and his wife founded Tyner Pond, an AGA and USDA Organic certified farm about 20 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana.

    In 2013, ExactTarget and Compendium were both purchased by Salesforce and Oracle respectively. Those exit events were not an excuse for the Baggotts to slow down. In fact, they’re probably busier than ever.

    Find a certified-grassfed farm or ranch near you.

    Learn more about American Grassfed.

    Learn more about Tyner Pond Farm, The Mug, and Griggsby’s Station.

    Purchase “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” from an independent bookseller.

    Purchase “In Meat We Trust” from an independent bookseller.

    Follow AGA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

    Listen on Apple Podcasts

    Listen on Spotify Podcasts

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  • WATCH NOW: Regenerative Renegades

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    This new documentary short by Natural Grocers is an great 25 minute introduction to regenerative agriculture.

    “Finding a solution to combat climate change must include a change in our conventional agricultural system from one that depletes our soil to one that regenerates it. We must move away from our current soil-eroding, industrial farming practices, and, instead, return the animals to the land in a managed way to improve soil health and sequester CO2. Dig into the research and the collective consciousness behind a unique group of ranchers that make up the resilient, regenerative, renegade way at Thousand Hills. By working with nature and not against it, they have found a renewed joy in farming and a method that renews the land and our planet’s health. Regenerative Renegades gives us a clear choice when choosing beef—through our consumer dollars, we can choose to continue down the path of depletion, or we can support agriculture that regenerates the land, combats climate change, and improves our economic vitality.”

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  • Grazin’ Hell Podcast Episode 1: Family Farm Action’s Joe Maxwell Talks Farm Crisis, Consolidation & Regulation

    Joe Maxwell has spent his life fighting for working Americans. He’s been a farmer, a soldier and attorney and a politician winning seats in the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri senate before serving a term as Lieutenant Governor.

    More recently, Joe spent five years leading Organization for Competitive Markets, “a membership based research and advocacy organization, working to expose and break the stranglehold of corporate consolidation in our food and agricultural economy.”

    Joe stepped away from OCM to found and lead a new group, Family Farm Action, which calls itself, “a progressive voice fighting to protect America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are destroying rural economies and way of life.”

    We spoke with Joe about his experience with the farm crisis of the 1980s, corporate consolidation in agriculture and how it has impoverished rural America.

    Want to dig in?

    Learn more about American Grassfed.
    Learn more about Family Farm Action.
    Purchase “The Jungle” from an independent bookseller.
    Follow AGA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
    Listen on Spotify Podcasts
    Listen on Google Podcasts
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