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What Farmers Say

About Being Certified by A Greener World

From AGW-Certified Farmers:

“When we got Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification last year we were really surprised how many of our established grassfed beef customers were genuinely excited to know our animal welfare practices were being verified by a trusted third party. Becoming Certified Grassfed by AGW seemed like a natural extension since we have always been a grass-based ranch. Now that our meat is in several Sheridan retailers, having a label that verifies we are grassfed and high animal welfare is valuable because customers who don’t know us can look at the logo and be confident that the meat is third-party verified to be 100% grassfed.”

–Christy Lohof, LOHOF Grass-Finished BEEF in Otter, MT

“We’re excited to be Certified Grassfed by AGW because having such a respected organization backing up our claims will only make our product stronger. Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW’s standards are aligned with our farm’s philosophy and the staff has always been helpful and personal.”

–Hannah Fouch, Fouch Farm in Mariposa, CA

“Being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW helps our customers understand what we’re up to now that we’ve moved past the scale where we can describe our work to every single person who buys eggs from us. The Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW logo helps to assure people they are getting the real thing. We also appreciate Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW’s technical advice and marketing support – they help us do our job even better.”

-Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Auntie Annie’s Fields in Dundas, MN

“I’m a huge Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW flag-waver. I think what you do is unparalleled in the industry in terms of how you promote, the quality of your inspectors, and the kindness you show in offering grants. You do so much to support the kind and gentle farming approach as opposed to the industrial model.”

–Greg Newhall, Windy N Ranch in Ellensburg, WA

“I just wanted to let you know how much I really appreciate you and all you’ve done to help us. [Our latest retail relationship] wouldn’t have happened without you, so I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you.”

– Mac Baldwin, Baldwin Family Farms in Yanceyville, NC

“We just got done with the CFSA Upstate Farm Tour — over 450 visitors to the farm. We proudly displayed our Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW banner and handed out the consumer fliers. Matter of fact, several people told us they came out to our farm because we are Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW.”

–Gail Cooley, Patient Wait Farm in Piedmont, SC

“You and your organization have been a pleasure to work with.”

–Greg Newhall, Windy N Ranch in Ellensburg, WA

“I think the world of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW. There is a loving and respectful way to raise cattle and provide the healthiest and happiest experience with beef. By telling the public you’re Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW you’re telling the customer you have standards. Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW has someone that really checks that you’re doing what you say you’re doing. I went the extra step of becoming Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW because I want the customer to know that they are getting the best that they can get. There is a better way to eat beef!”

–Janelle Moses, Holy Cow Grassfed Beef in Wapato, WA

“Every time I have contact with you all I feel like I’m working with an incredibly professional and proficient team. I’m glad to be a part of it.”

–Dan Gibson, Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, NY

“I really like the standards–they’re achievable and good practices. I’m really happy now to be certified. It’s a wonderful service to provide free to farmers. Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW has a presence in the marketplace. People know it and look for it. Sometimes people will call me with questions and when I tell them that we’re Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, they’re happy to know we’re part of the program. You run a very customer-friendly and professional organization.”

–Steffen Schneider, Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY

“[Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW] gives customers an idea of what we’re doing on the farm without them having to come out. Since we got certified, we’ve had a 20 percent increase in sales. People love it!”

–Timothy Haws, Autumn’s Harvest Farm in Romulus, NY

“…I have seen so many inhumane ways of raising animals and no one knows how their food is raised. With the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label, people do know. They know how the product was produced and that kind of sets you apart. I’m proud of what I raise and I want people to recognize that I’ve gone that extra step in raising my animals.”

–Chris Wilson, Clover Creek Farm in Jonesborough, TN

“The response to the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label has been really positive. Our customers are noting animal welfare certifications. We appreciate Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW’s outreach in Western NC”

–Charlie Kissling, Walnut Hollow Ranch in Hayesville, NC

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