Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Animal Welfare Approved Announces 2009 Good Husbandry Grants

For growers with farm animals:

Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to offer Good Husbandry Grants for 2009. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for the sole purpose of improving farm animal welfare, with a concentration on three areas: increased outdoor access, improved genetics and improved slaughter facilities. Current Animal Welfare Approved farmers and those who have applied to join the program are eligible, and farmers may apply for certification and for a grant simultaneously. Examples of projects funded in the 2008 cycle include mobile housing, a mobile processing unit, infrastructure to facilitate humane handling and equipment to improve nutrient availability for pastured sows.

Farmers may submit a proposal for one project, for a total maximum grant of $5,000. Grants will be awarded based on the project's potential to deliver the greatest benefit to farm animals. In order to receive a grant, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and submit an application and a budget by October 1, 2009. Eligible costs include design fees, contractor costs, materials, and project-appropriate equipment. Grants applications must be postmarked by the deadline date and will not be accepted via e-mail.

Guidelines and an application form are available at

Questions may be directed to Emily Lancaster at (919) 428-1641 or Emily@AnimalWelfareApproved.
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Emily Lancaster
Farmer and Market Outreach
Animal Welfare Approved
1000 Jay Shambley Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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