The Animal Welfare Institute and the Animal Welfare Approved program have announced the first round of Good Husbandry Grants. Thirty-four recipients representing 17 states have been awarded grants ranging from $500 to $8,549 during this inaugural round. This initiative is designed to support farmers and processors by funding innovative projects with the greatest potential impact for improving the welfare of farm animals.

The Animal Welfare Approved program and food label promote the well-being of animals and the sustainability of humane family farms, uniting conscientious consumers with farmers who raise their animals with compassion. Animal Welfare Approved certifies independent family farmers who raise their animals with compassion and allows these farms to use the seal on their products. This accreditation was recently endorsed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals as having the most stringent animal welfare standards of any third-party certifier.

Examples of projects funded include development and expansion of pasture-based poultry operations, assembly of a Mobile Processing Unit (MPU) in North Carolina that will be shared among a group of Animal Welfare Approved farmers, a low-stress loading facility in Nebraska for pig farmers that will be shared by a network of pig farmers, and shelters for pastured pigs and laying hens.

2008 Animal Welfare Approved Good Husbandry Grant Recipients: