Animal Welfare Approved

Farmers

We welcome all family farms to apply to our program. Please take a look at our standards and if you find yourself in alignment with our values and practices, we invite you to apply to the program. Or, if you have questions, give us a call or send us an email.

Our philosophy is to be supportive and encouraging and we look forward to developing a long and lasting partnership with you and your farm. We strive to revitalize a culture of independent family farms, in which a humane ethic can be passed on to future generations.

Why join Animal Welfare Approved?Find out more about Animal Welfare Approved certification

  • We're the only free third-party animal welfare certification program.
  • We offer expert technical advice and marketing support.
  • Farms have the opportunity to apply for our competitive Good Husbandry Grants to help improve welfare on your farm.
  • Our program is exclusively for family farmers and cooperatives of family farmers.
  • Our program is the only pasture- and range-based program.
  • The World Society for the Protection of Animals has consistently rated our program as having the highest animal welfare standards of all third-party certifiers.
  • PLUS, members of the American Grassfed Association may be audited for both the Animal Welfare Approved standards and AGA standards, allowing for dual certification if standards for both organizations are met.

We are growing rapidly and encourage you to join us.  See more information included on tabs to the right.

To read about a few of our farmers, visit the Farmer Profiles page.

If you have questions about the program, give Julie Suarez a call at (202) 546-5292, or if you're ready to apply to the program, click on the Farm Application link.

Download our Farmer brochure.