Animal Welfare Approved


Sustainable Farming by A Greener World (a magazine incorporating the former Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW Newsletter) is written for farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in sustainable, high-welfare livestock production. Subscribe here, and browse current and back issues of Sustainable Farming and the previous Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW Newsletter below.


Sustainable Farming Magazine: Issue 1, Volume 3: Winter 2018

  • A Bitter Harvest The Workers Sidelined by Sustainability
  • New QR Packing Codes
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Johne’s Disease


Sustainable Farming Magazine: Issue 3, Volume 2: Fall 2017

  • The World Under Our Feet – Simple Steps For Managing Soil
  • Pork Co-op Goes Non-GMO
  • Carbon Farming
  • Poultry Litter Management

Sustainable Farming Magazine: Issue 2, Volume 2: Summer 2017

  • Wrong Target – Why a broad meat tax misses the point.
  • New AGW Merchandise
  • Safety on The Farm
  • Slaughter Plants Needed

Sustainable Farming Magazine: Issue 1, Volume 2: Spring 2017

  • New AWA logo; AWA Wins Institution of the Year; New Farm Certification Guide…
  • Opinion: Beware Greenwashing, warns Urvashi Rangan
  • Pig Breeding: Do you know what you’re buying?
  • Beef production: The Bigger Picture
  • Lameness In Sheep
  • Managing Parasites
  • Meet the Farmer: Working Cows Dairy in Slocomb, Alabama


Sustainable Farming Magazine: Issue 2, Volume 1: Fall 2016

  • New grassfed dairy label; National cheese award winners; Consumer welfare concerns, confusion
  • Opinion: The resurgence of family farms?
  • Agricultural apprenticeships: what’s involved for a host farm or ranch?
  • Best practice advice on food safety for farmers’ market stalls
  • Planning for a food recall
  • External parasites in cattle—prevention and control
  • Meet the Farmer: The Glos family in New York

Sustainable Farming Magazine: Issue 1, Volume 1: Summer 2016

  • Mutton: A Challenge or Opportunity?
  • AGW’s New Non-Genetically Engineered Label, Certified Non-GE by AGW
  • Farm Health Online
  • Opinion: Don’t Believe the Hype: Science shows grazing ruminants will play a vital role in feeding the world
  • Targeted Treatment of Clinical Mastitis
  • Farm Health Plans
  • Avoiding Heat Stress in Pigs
  • Meet the Farmer: Christy and Patrick Lohof of LOHOF Grass-Finished BEEF in Otter, MT


Summer 2014 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Belcampo Set to Break the Meat-Industry Mold
  • Call for 2014-2015 AWA Good Husbandry Grant Proposals
  • News in Brief: Barista Champ Chooses AWA Milk, Global Welfare Summit, Congressman Visits AWA Farm, New Co-Op Partnerships
  • Profile: Meet Topher Sabot of Cricket Creek Farm
  • Cover Feature: Grazing Management for People, Livestock, and Wildlife
  • Guidance: Building a Brand
  • Technical: Use Your Label to Tell Your Story
  • Notes From the Field: Don’t Lose Out on Future Markets
  • Meet the Farmer: Lucas and Louisa Farrell of Big Picture Farm
  • AWA Services: Help Us Make the AWA Newsletter Even Better

Spring 2014 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Calls for VCPR Could Harm High-Welfare Farmers
  • New AWA Publication Looks Back at 2013
  • News in Brief: PEDV Outbreak, AWA at TEDx, AWA Farms Share Award, Social Media Guide, Fund-a-Farmer Grants, Crowdfunding Success
  • Profile: Philip Ackerman – Leist of Green Mountain College
  • Cover Feature: An Alternative Road
  • Guidance: Innovative Marketing
  • Opinion: Antibiotic-Free Or Business as Usual?
  • Technical: Fostering Lambs, Kids, and Calves
  • Notes From the Field: Thank You
  • Meet the Farmer: Benji Anderson of Anderson Farms
  • AWA Services: AWA Marketing Materials


Winter 2013 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • AWA Grants Help Improve Farm Animal Welfare
  • AWA Welcomes New Farmer and Market Outreach Staff
  • News in Brief: CDC Antibiotics Report, Sustainable Education, New AWA Farm Videos
  • Profile: Karl Hudson and Mann Mullen of Rare Earth Farms
  • Cover Feature: Are You Getting What You Paid For?
  • Guidance: Welfare at Slaughter
  • Technical: Welfare on the Web
  • Notes From the Field: Auditing and Advising
  • Meet the Farmer: Yves Saint-Vincent of La Ferme Saint-Vincent
  • AWA Services: Meet Your AWA Farmer and Market Outreach Coordinators

Fall 2013 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • New Food Labels Exposed App from AWA
  • AWA Offers New Grassfed Certification in Canada
  • News in Brief: AWA Grants Deadline, Lab Burger, Cheese Award Winners
  • Meet Randall Bock of Bock Industries
  • Cover Feature: The Power of Food Labels
  • Guidance: Hosting Farm Visits
  • Technical: Planning for Breeding
  • Notes from the Field: A Question on Markets
  • Meet the Farmer: Luke Meerman of Grassfields Cheese
  • AWA Services: Sign Up for Our Monthly E-News Update

Summer 2013 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Unauthorized GM Wheat Threatens U.S. Export Market
  • Discounts for High Welfare Poultry Slaughter Tools
  • News in Brief: MRSA Linked to Farm Antibiotic Abuse, EU Bans Neonicotinoids
  • Meet Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
  • Cover Feature: A Helping Hand
  • Opinion: Working with Wildlife
  • Technical: To Dose or Not to Dose
  • Notes from the Field: Scheduling Re-audits
  • Meet the Farmer: Michelle Hartman of Three Cowgirls
  • AWA Services: Meet Your AWA Farmer and Market Outreach Coordinator

Spring 2013 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • AWA Receives Internationally Recognized Accreditation
  • AWA Introduces New Wildlife Conservation Program
  • News in Brief: New AWA Report; Glyphosphate Resistance Spreads, USDA Microloan
  • Meet Jim Wood of Palmetto Creek Farms
  • Cover Feature: The Tip of the Iceberg
  • Opinion: Thoughts on Sustainable Agriculture
  • Technical: Foraging Fowl
  • Notes from the Field: The Corrective Action Plan
  • Meet the Farmer: Robert Selement of Madrono Ranch
  • AWA Services: Low-Cost Egg Cartons for Spring


Winter 2012 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Industrial Organic Comes Under Fire
  • News in Brief: Food for All, Media Success, GM Failing
  • Meet Richard and Ronnie Huettmann of Acre Station Meat Farm
  • Grassfed and Greenhouse Gas
  • A Durable and Sustainable Future for Animal Husbandry
  • Coccidiosis in Cattle, Sheep and Goats
  • Meet the Farmer: John Deck of Deck Family Farm

Fall 2012 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Congressional Briefing on Farm Antibiotic Misuse
  • New 6-Count AWA Egg Carton Now Available
  • News in Brief: Cheese Award Success, Coexisting With Predators
  • Meet Sam Suchoff of The Pig restaurant
  • Special: Planning for Drought
  • Advice: Alternative Marketing
  • Discussion: The Case for Stunning Poultry
  • Notes from the Field: Unannounced and Spot Audits
  • Meet the Farmer: Scott Hasselmann of Hasselmann Family Farm

Summer 2012 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • 2012-2013 Good Husbandry Grants Announcement
  • Meet Deborah Stone of Stone Hollow Farmstead
  • News in Brief: White House Honors AWA Farmers, Cochon 555, AWA Farm-to-Farm Sales
  • Support: Making the Most of Farmers Markets
  • Discussion: Grassfed Beef is Greener – And That’s a Fact
  • Notes From the Field: Addressing Public Complaints
  • Meet the Farmer: Chris Kerston of Chaffin Family Orchards

Spring 2012 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • 2011-2012 Good Husbandry Grants Announced
  • Meet Shelby Grebenc, AWA’s Youngest Farmer
  • Helping Your Business: AWA’s Outreach Team
  • Planning Ahead for the Holiday Markets
  • Transportation of Chicks, Poults, Ducklings and Goslings
  • Meet the Farmer: Jamie Rowse of Berea College Farm


Winter 2011 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • State of the Plate DC Seeks Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Outreach Expansion
  • Profiles: Dan Gibson of Grazin’ and the Ashcrafts of North Valley Chevre
  • Technical: Breeding for Welfare and Vegetative Cover for Pigs
  • Discussion: Food Infrastructure and Distribution – Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel

Fall 2011 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Farmer Profile: Green Dirt Farm
  • Discussion: The Misuse of Antibiotics
  • Technical: Vaccination: Positive Protection for Your Stock
  • Compliance Corner: Making the Most of the Pre-Audit Interview
  • Meet the Farmer: Jujo Acres Farm
  • AWA Services: Egg Cartons and Labeling Support

Summer 2011 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Farmer Profile: Farming Is All About Roots
  • Marketing Together: Co-ops and Producer Groups in the Sustainable Livestock Market
  • Technical Advice: Animal Health and Fecal Egg Counts
  • Opinion: Scaling Up the Production of Sustainable Animal Protein

Spring 2011 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Farmer Profile: A Dream Come True
  • AWA Grants: Working to Improve Welfare
  • Technical Advice: Pastures for Pigs
  • Marketing 101: How to Sell Your Goods


Winter 2010 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • AWA Announces New Online Directory
  • Hugh Fitzsimons of ThunderHeart Bison
  • Are You Seeing Double? A Closer Look at Cloning Technology
  • Agritourism: Adding Value to Sustainable Farming
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  • Compliance Corner: Communicating Changes on the Farm

Fall 2010 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Schenker Family Farm Supplies A Little Home Comfort To Troops Overseas
  • First Canadian AWA farm: Natalie Chartier and Justin Audet of Le Biscornu, Quebec
  • Using Nature’s Efficiency in Grazing Animals for 21st Century Production
  • Meat Labeling 101:  Are You Making the Most of Your Label?

Summer 2010 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Success Breeds Success: Getting the most from replacement breeding stock
  • It May Sound Silly to Tweet, But Twitter is Tool that Works
  • Marketplace: Meet the Meatbuyer

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Spring 2010 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Moving Beyond Mystery Meat: British Dinner Lady Jeanette Orrey Joins AWA on School Lunch Reform Fact-finding Tour
  • AWA Awards 2010 Good Husbandry Grants
  • Preparation for Lambing


Winter 2009 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter Part I and Part II

  • Pacific Natural Foods: Producing Better Food for a Better Future
  • Grassfed and Methane: It’s Time to Set the Record Straight
  • AWA Lands in Hawaii
  • Farm Aid 2009

Fall 2009 AWI Quarterly

  • All in the Pleasant Open Air: Animal Welfare Approved Farmers Spearhead Return to Raising Cattle on Grass

Fall 2009 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Partners in Change
  • Just In: Reports from the 2008 Grants Cycle
  • Record Keeping–Worthless or Worthwhile?
  • Welcoming the Virtual Visitor: Using Social Networking to Promote Your Farm

Summer 2009 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association
  • Announcing the 2009 Good Husbandry Grants
  • Management to Avoid Tail Docking Sheep
  • Selling at Farmers’ Markets 101

Spring 2009 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • Planning to reduce internal parasites
  • AGA president awarded Animal Welfare Approved seal
  • Specialist Ken Smith: ensuring high welfare at processing plants


Fall 2008 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • A practical guide to farm health
  • Profiles of two grassfed beef farmers
  • A humane Thanksgiving feast feeds 700
  • Animal Welfare Approved at Slow Food Nation

Summer 2008 Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter

  • How to Make the Most of the Animal Welfare Approved Program
  • Chef Andrea Reusing, Lantern
  • Animal Welfare Approved Advising and Consultancy Program: We’re Here to Help!
  • Meet the Marketing and Outreach Team