Mission

On June 11, 2003, a group of producers, food service industry personnel and consumer interest representatives established the American Grassfed Association. The goal of the association is to promote the grassfed industry through government relations, research, concept marketing and public education.

Our certification standards apply to all farms and ranches approved by AGA for the production of ruminant animals and products. Only farms and ranches certified to AGA standards may use AGA’s logo, trademark, service mark and/or design mark. Our standards are verified by an independent, third-party, on-farm yearly audit .

History

Grassfed producers began meeting in early 2003 with partial funding from the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center in Denver, Colorado. Later, AGA was awarded a $25,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Business Development Grant to promote the association with producers, professionals, and consumers.

In the early years, one of AGA’s top priorities was working with the USDA to establish a legal definition for grassfed and to implement a labeling program to help producers receive a premium for products meeting the definition, while providing a service to consumers wishing to buy grassfed products. The USDA introduced their definition in 2006, and AGA’s producers and board decided to develop a more stringent standard. The AGA certification program and standards were introduced in 2009.

In addition to the certification program for grassfed ruminant producers, AGA communicates the value of grassfed products to consumers, chefs, and the media and serves as a resource for information. Through conferences, email and print publications, and other initiatives, AGA offers education to producers and others interested in grassfed meats. The association is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Grassfed producers, chefs and restaurateurs, distributors and processors, health care professionals, members of the media, and consumers are all welcome to join. Visit our Membership Page for information and a form.

Why Grassfed?

AGA defines grassfed animals as those that have eaten nothing but grass and forage from weaning to harvest, have not been raised in confinement, and have never been fed antibiotics or growth hormones. In addition, all AGA-Certified Producers are American family farms and their livestock is born and raised in the U.S.

Grassfed meat is:

  • Healthy for people. Research shows that grassfed meat is lean, contains a high percentage of good fats – Omega 3s and CLA — and beneficial antioxidant vitamins and minerals.
  • Healthy for animals. Cattle, goats, sheep, and bison evolved to eat grass and not much else. Feeding them a diet rich in grains creates an acidic environment in their digestive systems, leading to disease and the need for treatment with antibiotics.
  • Healthy for the planet. Pasture-based farming restores natural ecosystems and wildlife habitat, reduces reliance on petrochemicals, improves the soil with organic matter, and reduces greenhouse gasses, especially CO2.
  • Healthy for communities. Small family farms provide jobs and strong economies in rural communities and create sustainable businesses for succeeding generations.

OFFICERS & AGA STAFF

PAST PRESIDENT

Dr. Patricia Whisnant, DVM (Beef)

American Grassfed Beef
Rt. 4 Box 253
Doniphan, MO 63935
877-774-7277
www.americangrassfedbeef.com

PRESIDENT

Will Harris (Multi-species)

White Oak Pastures
P. O. Box 98
Bluffton, GA 39824
229-641-2081
www.whiteoakpastures.com

VICE PRESIDENT

Don Davis (Beef)

Bandera Grasslands
PO Box 122
Tarpley, TX 78883
830-562-3650

SECRETARY

Chad Lemke (Multi-species)

Grassfed Livestock Alliance
McCollum- Lemke Ranches, LP
PO Box 819
Mason, TX 76856
(325) 347-5183
www.grassfedlivestockalliance.com

TREASURER

Trent Hendricks (Multi-Species)

Cabriejo, LLC
Koshkonong MO 65690
TrentH@Cabriejo.com
877-774-7277

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Carrie Balkcom

469 South Cherry Street
Suite 220
Denver,CO 80246
877-77-GRASS
www.americangrassfed.org

FARMER AND RANCHER OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Katie Belle Miller

469 S. Cherry Street
Suite 220
Denver, CO 80246
Standards@americangrassfed.org
877-774-7277

SPECIAL PROJECTS AND EVENTS DIRECTOR

Alaina Menez

469 S. Cherry Street
Suite 220
Denver, CO 80246
Alaina@americangrassfed.org
877-774-7277

ADDITIONAL AGA BOARD MEMBERS

AGA BOARD MEMBERS

Kathy Webster (Beef)

AGA BOARD MEMBERS

Meg Cattell (Dairy)

AGA BOARD MEMBERS

Curtiss Newell (Dairy)

AGA BOARD MEMBERS

Brad Buchanan (Beef)

AGA BOARD MEMBERS

Bob Corio (Beef)

DIRECTORS

DIRECTOR

Will Harris (Multi-species)

White Oak Pastures
P. O. Box 98
Bluffton, GA 39824
229-641-2081
www.whiteoakpastures.com

DIRECTOR

Meg Cattell, DVM, ABVP Diplomate Dairy (Multi-species)

6427 WCR 68.5 Windsor, CO
970-674-0571
www.windsordairy.com

DIRECTOR

Bob Corio (Multi-species)

Dakota Harvest Farm
3365 Dakota Road Jefferson, SD
605-966-5490
712-251-1812
www.dakotaharvestfarm.com

DIRECTOR

Don Davis (Beef)

Bandera Grasslands
3361 C.R. 211 Hondo, TX
830-562-3650
www.banderagrasslands.com

DIRECTOR

Brad Buchanan (Beef)

Flying B Bar Ranch
700 Yulle Road
Strasburg, CO 80136
(303) 419-8146
www.flyingbbar.com/

DIRECTOR

Kathy Webster (Beef)

Marketing Manager
LeftCoast GrassFed
P.O. Box 726 Pescadero, CA
650-879-2147
www.leftcoastgrassfed.com

DIRECTOR

Chad Lemke (Multi-species)

Production Manager
Grassfed Livestock Alliance
McCollum- Lemke Ranches, LP
PO Box 819 Mason, TX
(325) 347-5183
www.grassfedlivestockalliance.com

DIRECTOR

Trent Hendricks (Multi-Species)

Cabriejo, LLC
Koshkonong, MO
877-774-7277
www.cabriejo.com

DIRECTOR

Curtiss Newell (Dairy)

WhiteWave Foods
Denver, CO
877-774-7277
www.whitewave.com

ADVISORS

NUTRITIONAL ADVISOR

Dr. Steve Atchley, M.D.

Mesquite Organic Beef
13808 East Greenwood Drive
Aurora, CO 80014
www.mesquiteorganicbeef.com

CERTIFICATION

Don Davis

Bandera Grasslands
3361 C.R. 211
Hondo, TX 78861
830-562-3650
www.banderagrasslands.com

ORGANIC

David Carter

Crystal Springs Consulting
10081 Yates St.
Westminster, CO 80031
303-594-4420

ADVISORS

Matt Jones (Consumer Group)

Slow Food USA
Denver, CO

www.slowfoodusa.org

CULINARY ADVISORS

Stephen Kleinman, Chef

Executive Chef Beaver Run Resort
Breckinridge, Colorado

CULINARY ADVISORS

Bob Perry

Coordinator & ChefFood Systems Initiative
College of Agriculture
102 Erikson Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0050
bob.perry@uky.edu

COMMITTEES

Business & Finance

Executive Committee

Governance

Board Committee

By-Laws

Board Committee

CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATION

Don Davis

CERTIFICATION

Dr. Patricia Whisnant

CERTIFICATION

Dr. Meg Cattell

CERTIFICATION

Dr. Jeffrey Lehmkuhler

THE AGA GRASSFED STANDARDS COMMITTEE

Don Davis

Grassfed Livestock Alliance

Carrie Balkcom

Executive Director AGA

Marguerita Cattell DVM

MS, Diplomate, ABVP – Dairy

Arden Nelson DVM

Diplomate, ABVP – Dairy

Jeffrey Lehmkuhler

Department of Animal & Food Sciences University of Kentucky

Patricia Whisnant DVM

Rain Crow Ranch

Curtiss Newell

WhiteWave Foods

Trent Hendricks

Cabriejo, LLC

AGA SUPPORTERS

Our members are the lifeblood of AGA, and we appreciate every one of them. They are farmers, ranchers, chefs, small businesses, educators, journalists, and individuals who believe in healthy production methods, healthy food, healthy animals, a healthy environment, and healthy rural communities.

2017 AGA SUPPORTERS

4 Health Farms, Sullivan, MO

7 Springs Farm, Mansfield, MO

77 Ranch, Blooming Grove, TX

777 Bison Ranch, Rapid City, SD

7th Heaven Farm, Tabernacle, NJ

A & M Farms Grass Fed & Finshed Beef, Hillsville, VA

A Diamond Ranch LLC, Rye, CO

Acacia Farms, Floral City, FL

Adams Farm, Jasper, FL

Adios Ranch, Kenny, TX

Albaugh Ranch, Fallon, NV

Allentown Livestock Co, Inc, Britton, SD

Allied Ranch, LLC, Sloughhouse, CA

Alton Ranch, Inc, Helena, MT

Amber Grassfed Beef, LLC, Hickory, MS

Ancile, LLC, San Gregorio, CA

Appletree Angus Farm, Statesville, NC

Ashbourne Farms, LaGrange, KY

Atlas Meat Company, Ft. Collins, CO

Austin Red Angus Cattle Ranch, Rhome, TX

AZ Graised Raised Inc, Camp Verde, AZ

B Bar Land & Livestock, Big Timber, MT

B Bar S Ranch, Ltd, Elizabeth, CO

Bar None Land and Cattle, Clovis, NM

Barnes, Randy

Beall Ranch Properties, LTD., Fredericksburg, TX

Bear River Valley Beef, Ferndale, CA

Beetnik Foods, LLC, Austin, TX

Berea College Farm, Berea, KY

Berriedale Farms, Williamsville, VA

BFT Ranch, Ben Franklin, TX

Boeckmann Family Farm, Loose Creek, MO

Bonner Farm, Valley Spring, TX

Boot Ranch, Douglas, WY

Boulder Lamb, Longmont, CO

Brand 2S Meat, Grand Junction, CO

Brookview Farm, Winchester, KY

Brush Creek Farm, Ennice, NC

Buck N Buffalo Ranch, Sugarland, TX

Burnett Livestock Co, Edna, KS

C2 Cattle Company, Eagle Point, OR

Cabriejo,LLC, Koshkonong, MO

Canyon Meadows Ranch, Altamont, UT

Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch, Cortez, CO

Carman Ranch, Wallowa, OR

Carpenter Diversified Farms, O’Fallon, MO

Cedar Summit Farm, New Prague, MN

Chapman Creek Cattle Company, Topeka, KS

Chisholm Trail Grassfed Beef, Dallas, TX

Circle H Angus Ranch, Gonzales, TX

Circle JM Ranch, Murdock, KS

Circle N/Nitschke Natural Beef, LLC, Waurika, OK

Cline Registered Herefords, Wiley, CO

Cobb Creek Farms, Hillsboro, TX

Congleton Family Partners, Knoxville, TN

Connolly Ranch, Inc, Tracy, CA

Cotton Cattle Company, LLC, Ashbury, NJ

Covered-L Farm, Centralia, MO

Coy Kummer, Grover, CO

Cozad Resources Inc., Linn, TX

Crane Ranch, Santa Rosa, CA

Crossing Creeks Farm, Shelbyville, TN

Crown S Ranch, Winthrop, WA

Crystal River Meats, Carbondale, CO

D Central Farms, Schaumburg, IL

Dakota Harvest Farm, Jefferson, SD

Deck Family Farm, Junction City, OR

Deep Creek Beef, DeLeon Springs, FL

Deloach Cattle CO, Valdusta, GA

Denver Meat Company, Littleton, CO

Derek Moore Farm, LLC, Aunice, LA

Dewell Family Farms, Warner, OK

Diamond G Ranch, Labelle, FL

Dismal River Ranch, Windsor, CO

Dixon Water Foundation, Decatur, TX

Dorsey Farms, Nashville, GA

Double R Ranch, LLC, Louisville, KY

Dutch Creek Farm, Pleasureville, KY

Eagle Catcher Farm & Ranch, Harlingen, TX

Easy E, Folsom, LA

EAZ Ventures, LLC., Harrison, NY

Edgewood Operations, LLC, Las Vegas, NV

Edible Communities, Santa Fe, NM

Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

EFS LLC., Hamilton, NY

Engle Family  Farms, Abilene, KS

Farmer Brown, Enosburg Falls, VT

FarmMatch

Fawn Lake Ranch, Gordon, NE

Ferme, LTD, Belleview, TX

Fields’s Grassfed Beef, Prairie City, OR

First Kitchen Brands, LLC, Redondo Beach, CA

Florida Fresh Meat Company, Ocala, FL

Flying B Bar Ranch, LLC, Strasburg, CO

Flying D Ranch, Gallatin Gateway, MT

Flying S Beef, Palestine, IL

Fox River Farm, LLC, Sandoval, IL

Foxhollow Farm, Crestwood, KY

Freestone Ranch, Valley Ford, CA

Full Moon Farm, Gardiner, NY

Gabilan Cattle Company, San Juan Bautista, CA

GEV Enterprises LLC, Port Sulphur, LA

Gila River Ranch, Gila, NM

Gillman Farm, Westville, FL

GIOP Livestock Corp, Plainview, NE

Glen Mary Grass Fed LLC, Washington, DC

Gone Away Farm, LLC, The Plains, VA

Gonsoulin Land & Cattle, New Iberia, LA

Good Land Grass Fed Beef, Goodland, KS

Goode’s Rollins Acres, McConnelsville, OH

Grass Field Beef, Hondo, TX

Grassburger, LLC, Durango, CO

Grassfed Livestock Alliance, LLC, Tarpley, TX

Graze The Pairie, Beaumont, KS

Green Acres Cattle Company, El Campo, TX

Green Vista Farm LLC, Wooster, OH

Gryphon Ranch LLC, Globe, AZ

Half-Diamond ‘D’ Ranch, Arlington, TX

Happy Hollow Farms, LLC, Fayetteville, AR

Harral Livestock Company, Lubbock, TX

Harvest Hills Farm LLC, Hanover, IL

Hawaii Lowline Cattle Company, Honoao, HI

Healing Springs Farm, Crumpler, NC

Hearst Ranch Beef, San Francisco, CA

Heritage Belle Farms, Calhan, CO

Heritage Farm, Bowden, GA

Heritage Lean Beef LLC, Rocksprings, TX

Hickert Land Company, Anton, CO

Hickory Lake Beef, Lavernia, TX

Hickory Ridge Associates, LLC, Houston, TX

High Lonesome Farm, Cincinnatus, NY

High Springs Farm, LLC, Buffalo, MO

Hilltop Angus, Mount Gilead, NC

Holistic Land and Livestock Managements Co LLC, Bruni, TX

Holy Cow Beef, Lubbock, TX

Hook Ranch, Welsh, LA

Horodyski’s White Barn Farm, Kinsman, OH

Hurtado Land & Cattle CO, LLC, El Prado, NM

Idyllwild Acres, Seguin, TX

J&J Farms, Cairo, GA

Januschka’s Farm Fresh Meat, Little Falls, MN

Jesse Cool, Palo Alto, CA

JH Grass Fed Beef, Cave Creek, AZ

Jones Creek Ranch, LLC, Springville, UT

JPR Acres, LLC, Minnetrista, MN

JuJo Acres Farm, Loysville, PA

JW Beef, Stonington, CT

Kai-De Farm, Springville, NY

Kaler Ranch LLC, Duncan, AZ

Kalona Farms, Kalona, IA

KDL Ranch, Kiowa, CO

Kiana Creek Ranch, Sedalia, CO

Kidney Creek Farms, LLC, Middle Falls, NY

Koch Ranches, Inc, San Antonio, TX

Koinonia Farm, Americus, GA

Kol Foods, Silver Spring, MD

Kraut Creek Sheep and Cattle, Greenville, OH

KRC Farms, Floral City, FL

Kummer, Gerald and Portia, Briggsdale, CO

L and L Jacobsen Farm, Marquette, NE

Lava Lake Lamb, Hailey, ID

Laz Daz Farms, Bruce, MS

Linne Farm, LLC, Cincinnati, OH

Long Cattle Co, Frankford, KY

Lovell Grassfed Cattle Company, New Windsor, MD

M6 Ranch, Couch, MO

Mack Brook Farm, Argyle, NY

Magnolia Grassfed, Nederland, CO

Manzini Farm, Keeseville, NY

Mar-View Farms, Arabi, GA

Marilyn Farms, Kalona, IA

Markegard Family Grass-Fed, Half Moon Bay, CA

Meadow Organics, Bellevue, WA

Michael and Larae Casper, Springfield, CO

Miller Farms, Delta, AL

MJ Ranch, Lawrence, KS

MLF Operating Company, Austin, TX

Monnett Farms, Prince Frederick, MD

Moonbeam Ranch, Edgewood, NM

Morrison, Paul or Shari, Roff, OK

Mountain Foot Farms, Nellyton, PA

Mountain Lane Farm, Wauzeka, WI

Mountain Primal Meat Co, Basalt, CO

Moyer, Rick, Williston, FL

Mustang Creek Farms Inc., dba Twice as Happy Pasture Raised, Commerce, TX & Ogden, AR

NewGrass Farm, LLC., Wausau, WI

NFR Beef, LLC, Fallon, NV

Noble Ranch, LLC, Yuma, CO

Nors Four Star Farms, Abbott, TX

Northwest Florida Grassfed Cattle Company, Panama City, FL

NPC Processing Inc, Shelburne, VT

Nuture Ranch LLC, Frisco, TX

Nye, John,  St. Joseph, MI

Oak Ridge Farm, Chicago, IL

Old Agency Reserve, Southern Pines, NC

Old South Farm, Bainbridge, GA

Omega 3 Ranch, Sulphur Springs, TX

Omega Beef, Inc, Birney, MT

Orien’s Belt LLC, Collinsville, TX

Osage Orange Farms, Arapaho, OK

Paicines Ranch, Paicines, CA

Paniolo Cattle Company, Kamuela, HI

Parker Creek Ranch, D’Hanis, TX

Parker Pastures, Gunnison, CO

Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc, Greeley, CO

Peaceful Pastures, Hickman, TN

Peterson Land & Cattle Company, Tres Pinos, CA

Pettit Pastures, Foley, MN

Pine Grove Sheep Farm, St Peter, IL

Plains Conservation Center, Aurora, CO

Plum River Farms, Pearl City, IL

Potter 8 Ranch, Loyalton, CA

Powell Farms, Americus, GA

Premier Proteins, LLC, Kearney, MO

Pride & Joy Creamery, LLC., Granger, WA

Prier Farms, Eagle Rock, MO

Princess Beef, Hotchkiss, CO

Providence Cattle Company, Tampa, FL

Quercus Cattle, LLC, Gay, GA

Rafter S Ranch, Fayetteville, TX

Rafter W Ranch, Simla, CO

Rain Crow Ranch/American Grassfed Beef, Doniphan, MO

Raindance Farm, Schenevus, NY

Rancho Branchal, Ocate, NM

Rancho de Gaia, S.A.de C.V., MX

Rancho De Oro, Dahlonega, GA

Randy Carden Farms, Villa Rica, GA

Ranney Ranch, Corona, NM

Rawls Family Farm, Early, TX

Red Crest Farm, LLC., Locust Grove, VA

Red Barn Beef, Dripping Springs, TX

Redball Enterprises, LLC JMB Cattle CO, Cedar Rapids, IA

Richards Land & Cattle, Moraga, CA

Robert Hooper, Houston, TX

Roberts Ranch, Hubbard, TX

Rocking Chair Ranch Cattle, Maron, GA

Rodger’s Grass-fed, LLC, Alden, MI

Rolling Hills Traeger Ranch, Avon, MN

Rosy Tomorrow’s Heritage Farm, North Fort Myers, FL

Ross Land and Cattle, Rockwall, TX

RSK Farm, Chilhowee, MO

Rudio Creek Ranch, LLC, Salem, OR

Rudnianyn Farms, Ocala, FL

Rueffer Ranch, Mason, TX

Rusty Star Cattle Company, LLC, Fort Worth, TX

Salazar Natural Meats, Inc, Manassa, CO

Sampson Family Farm, Live Oak, FL

San Fernando Ranch, Austin, TX

Sarver Heritage Farm, Ronceverte, WV

Schoolhouse Farm, Tamworth, NH

Seven Seeds Farm, Spring Green, WI

Shady Rest Acres, High Springs, FL

Sharp Ranch, Brownwood, TX

Shire Beef, LLC, Vershire, VT

Shred Farms, Dresden, KS

Shorts Family Farm, Chimacum, WA

Shudde Ranch, Sabinal, TX

Sleepy Creek Lands, LLC, Williston, FL

Smith Maple Crest Farm, Shrewsbury, VT

Smithview Farm, Pittsboro, NC

Snake River Ranch, LLC, Wilson, WY

Soggy Feet Enterprises, Portland, OR

Splitrock Ranch, Mayer, MN

Spring Ranch, Pasadena, CA

Steel Meadow Farm, Mansfield, MO

Stonnington Farm, Perkinston, MS

Straight Arrow Bison Ranch, Broken Bow, NE

Stnading Barr C Longhorns, North Zulch, TX

Strickland Sod Farm, Inc, Bunnell, FL

Stuffed, LLC, Montclair, NJ

Summerfield Farms, LLC, Summerfield, NC

Sun Prairie Beef, Yuma, CO

Sunny Day Farms, Palmer, KS

Swift Level Land & Cattle, Lewisburg, WV

Symmes Creek Ranch LLC, Milford Center, OH

Tangled Oaks Farm, Siler City, NC

Ted Bone Farm-Highland Hills Ranch, Stockton, IL

Tennessee Grass Fed LLC, Clarksville, TN

Teton Waters Ranch, Denver, CO

Texas Beef Grass to Grill, LLC., Shamrock, TX

Thomas Farms, Moorhead, IA

Thorvin, Inc, New Castle, VA

Three Sisters Ranch, Temple, TX

Thunder Heart Bison, San Antonio, TX

TO Morris Cattle Company, San Juan Bautista, CA

Together Farms, Mondovi, WI

Tomecek, Martha, Greenbelt, MD

TomKat Ranch, Pescadero, CA

Touchstone Angus, Lusk, WY

Traders Point Farm Organics, Zionsville, IN

Trickling Springs Creamery, LLC, Chambersburg, PA

Trickling Springs Ranch, LLC, Koshkonong, MO

Truax Company Inc, New Hope, MN

Trueheart Land & Livestock, Eldorado, TX

Twin Creek Ranch, Jacksonville, FL

Tyner Creek LLC, Greenfield, IN

Tyner Pond Farm, LLC., Greenfield, IN

US Wellness Meats, Monticello, MO

Vermont Green Mountain Ranch, W. Newton, MA

Wagner Cattle Company, Escalon, CA

Wagon Wheel Ranch, LLC, Watkinsville, GA

Walker Farm at Whortleberry Hill, New Braintree, MA

Walker Land and Cattle, Delta, AL

Walnut Ridge Farm, Pt. Pleasant, WV

Washita Valley Farms, Tishomingo, OK

WATE Ranches, La Mesa, NM

Watterson Ranch, Inc, Bastrop, TX

Waypoint Farm, Halletsville, TX

Weil Family Farm, LLC, Greensville, NC

Weldon Wilson Ranch, Brownwood TX

West Wind Farm, Bethesda, MD

Western Grasslands, Inc, Petaluma, CA

White’s Crossing Cattle CO, LLC, Wiggins, MS

Whynot Farm on Snow Creek, Morresville, NC

Wildcat Ranch, McEwen, TN

William Powers

Wind Swept Farm, Ulster, PA

Wolf Creek Farm, Wolftown, VA

Woods Fork Cattle CO, LLC, Hartville, MO

Yellowbird Farms, McMinnville, TN

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