Good Husbandry Grants Available for Farmers

By Dairy Today Editors, published in AGWEB, August 7, 2013

Grants up to $5,000 are available to farmers in the Animal Welfare Approved program.

Animal Welfare Approved’s annual Good Husbandry Grants program has launched and is now accepting project proposals aimed at improving farm animal welfare.

Grants up to $5,000 are available to farmers already in the Animal Welfare Approved program and to farmers that have submitted an application. Grant applications must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2013.

The Good Husbandry Grants program is in its sixth year and has funded over 100 projects in the U.S. and Canada to improve farm animal welfare. Past projects included mobile housing, breeding stock and on-farm processing equipment. Slaughter plants working with or seeking to work with AWA farmers are also eligible for funding. The program is ideal for established farmers interested in implementing new farming practices.

“The grants program is great for that farmer who has a creative idea for improving farm viability, but might just be a few dollars short. We believe that supporting our farmers and the implementation of the latest sustainable practices is crucial to the development of agriculture,” says Program Director Andrew Gunther.

 The 2013-2014 funding priorities include welfare improvements in the slaughter process, improved genetics, increased outdoor access and non-lethal predator control. A primary goal of the program is to facilitate the growth and success of high-welfare, pasture-based systems by providing nontraditional funding resources.

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