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USDA Revokes Grassfed Label Standard – NOT!

By   /  January 18, 2016  /  6 Comments

Sometimes headlines are misleading as they were when we were told last week that Grassfed labeling was being revoked in the U.S. Here’s what’s really going on.

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Pretty scary headline, huh! Fortunately it’s not a real problem. After a decade as a Public I
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Eric says:

    Very interesting. Thank you for being concise in your explanation. I was certainly indignant when reading the headline and like most opaque situations there was a logical explanation. The downside is I will have to put down my pitchfork and torch until the next incendiary headline. Thank you!

    • Rachel Gilker says:

      Thanks, Eric. That’s why we like the easy-on/easy-off torches. Makes for better hot-headed rabble rousing!
      Rachel and Kathy

  2. Richard Moyer says:

    How much soybean hull pellets, citrus peels, beet pulp, etc can be fed, and still claim 100% grass-fed? How much molasses, molasses-protein blocks, etc. Can you link me to any info helping sort this out; FSIS or otherwise?

    I have customers who seek out 100% grass-fed, assuming that means diet the whole life was mother’s milk and forages. Also assuming that “grass-fed” means non-GMO feed for a lifetime.

    Here in the fescue belt/mid-Atlantic, it’s possible to graze year round, w/ hay as needed, so “grass-finished” typically means hay and forage alone. Though some producers do supplement in winter.


    • Kathy Voth says:

      Hi Richard,

      Give us a bit. We will work on that and get back to you and everyone, probably with an article. Is that allright?


      • Farmer Eric says:

        With the release of GMO alfalfa, it is a poor assumption that grass-fed is non-GMO.

      • Diana Dyer says:

        In your future article, please also comment on the practice of feeding spent grain from local beer brewers within the definition of “grass-fed”. Thank you.

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