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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. When the USDA introduced their definition in 2006, AGA’s producers and board decided to develop a more stringent standard. The AGA certification program and standards were introduced in 2009. Since, the USDA has dropped their definition and AGA’s standards and certification has been recognized as the leading definition and standard for grassfed meat and dairy production by multiple industry leading organizations.

In addition to the certification program for grassfed producers, AGA communicates the value of grassfed products to consumers, chefs, and the media and serves as a resource for information.

The association is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

OFFICERS & STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Don Davis – AGA President

Trent Hendricks – AGA Vice President

Chad Lemke – AGA Treasurer

Kathy Webster – AGA Secretary

Will Harris – President Emeritus

BOARD MEMBERS

Brad Buchanan – Board Member

Tre Cates – Board Member

Greg Gunthorp – Board Member

Trent Hendricks – Board Member

Brian Kenny – Board Member

Caroline MacGill – Board Member

Curtiss Newell – Board Member

Jason Rowntree – Board Member

STAFF

Carrie Balkcom – Executive Director

Neal Taflinger – Marketing Director
Sherri Dugger – Program Director

Amy Wright – Lead reviewer

COMMITTEE & ADVISORS

GOVERNANCE & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Will Harris, White Oak Pastures
Don Davis, Grassfed Livestock Alliance
Kathy Webster, LeftCoast Grassfed Beef and TomKat Ranch

 

BUSINESS & FINANCE

Chad Lemke, McCollum-Lemke Ranches
Carrie Balkcom, AGA Executive Director
Trent Hendricks – Cabriejo, LLC

BY-LAWS

Board Committee

 

AGA GRASSFED STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE

Don Davis, Grassfed Livestock Alliance
Carrie Balkcom, Executive Director AGA
Chad Lemke, Grassfed Livestock Alliance
Curtiss Newell, WhiteWave Foods
Trent Hendricks, Cabriejo, LLC

MARKETING COMMITTEE

Trent Hendricks, Cabriejo, LLC

 

AGA ADVOCACY AND POLICY COMMITTEE

Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Farms
Carrie Balkcom, American Grassfed Association
Sherri Dugger, American Grassfed Association

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