Animal Welfare Approved

Farmer Application

The Animal Welfare Approved seal is a hard earned badge of difference and demonstrates the farmer’s commitment to the care of animals, land and the local community. Farmers in this program will be distinguished by a humane and conscientious attitude towards the animals in their care as evidenced by physical audit and development of detailed plans and records of farm practices. Participation in the AWA program is voluntary.

Farmers in the program agree to a minimum of one visit a year from AWA staff or agents, with the possibility of additional visits if deemed necessary, to confirm compliance with the standards during various seasons and to allow observation of animals in different phases of life. Participation in the program is on an annual basis and must be renewed each year. Before applying, you should review the standards for the species in question to make sure you believe they are consistent with your farming practices and values.


To request a word document version of the application, email or call (202) 546-5292.

American Grassfed Association Audit Application

Farmers wishing also to be certified by the American Grassfed Association (AGA) should also complete the application in full, including the AGA section. Please review the AGA standards before applying. Please also note that a farmer must be a member in good standing with the AGA in order to be eligible for an AGA audit. The AGA will assess a membership fee prior to the audit. Contact the AGA for more information at (877) 774-7277 or email

Certified Wildlife Friendly/Predator Friendly Audit Application

Farmers wishing to also be certified by the Certified Wildlife Friendly/Predator Friendly program should also complete the application in full, including the Certified Wildlife Friendly/Predator Friendly section. Certified Wildlife Friendly will assess a fee before the audit. Please review the Certified Wildlife Friendly/Predator Friendly website before applying.