$1,000 Scholarships Available for ages 17-21
$500 Scholarships Available for ages 12-16
[funded by a Cooperative Agreement with USDA/APHIS]
Application accompanied by a short biography must be postmarked or emailed by May 1, 2021.
Project must be received at the AGF office and postmarked or emailed by July 1, 2021.
To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry and who hold a current membership, or whose parents or guardians are members in The American Goat Federation or any of its member organizations.
MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS: Alabama Meat Goat & Sheep Producers, American Boer Goat Association, American Dairy Goat Association, American Kiko Goat Association, Cashmere Goat Association, Hawaii Sheep & Goat Association, Nebraska Goat Producers Association, North American Pack Goat Association, Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association] Find out More
The American Goat Federation promotes and facilitates the development of all segments of the goat industry including dairy, meat and fiber, by encouraging sound public policy, enhancing production and marketing of goat products, and promoting research beneficial to our member organizations and all producers.
Approved 1-23-10 Nashville ASI Meeting
- March 6, 2021: Small Farms for Sheep & Goats Webinar, Michigan State University Extension. Register by March 5 at: form.jotform.com/201194055067047
- March 25, 2021: Texas A&M Agrilife Livestock Guardian Dog Nutrition & Feeding Webinar, MORE INFO
- April 21-22, 2021: National Institute for Animal Agriculture 2021 Annual Conference. This will be a virtual event. Registration for Members is $75.00, Non-members $175.00 and Students $25.00. More information available on the NIAA website.
- April 21, 2021: Designing Your Sheep & Goat Grazing System, Webinar. More Info
- June 2-6, 2021: Midwest Buck Sale & Seminar, Sedalia Missouri. More Info
- July 15-17, 2021: American Meat Goat Classic, Greenfield, Indiana. More Info
- August 20-21, 2021: Texas A&M San Angelo Field Day and Seminars, San Angelo, Texas. More Info Later.
- September 19-20, 2021: National Goat conference, Prairie View A&M University, Texas, More Info Later
- November 2-4, 2021: National Institute for Animal Agriculture 11th Annual Antibiotic Symposium, Kansas City, Kansas: This is planned to be an in-person event. Registration for Members is $385.00, Non-members is $435.00, and Students is $50.00/day.
- November 8-14, 2021: American Dairy Goat Association Convention, Tuscon, Arizona. American Goat Federation will hold a meeting at the Convention also. More Info Later.
- December 6-9, 2021: 8th National Grazing Lands Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: More Info
The AMERICAN GOAT INITIATIVE
Mission: Advance the US Goat Industry through Education, Scientific Research and Collaboration.
AGF Member Services
- Free Marketing Page for Goats and Goat Products on the AGF Website that links to Goatzz.com where the information will also appear. AGF has partnered with Goatzz.com to create a stronger goat industry through our combined marketing efforts. On-site searching of member farms and member goats for sale is available. Each AGF member gets their own farm profile, plus other things and it is all free.
- Free excel-based Goat Production Recordkeeping and Performance Program for recording information about members' goats. The program, GHIP-AGF (Goat Herd Improvement Program) was developed by Dr. Ken Andries of Kentucky State University, a member of our Advisory Council and Past President of AGF. The program is personalized for each producer, and the program includes all information required by the Scrapie Eradication Program.
- Upgrade to Go360 bioTrack Program for discounted price, an advanced Recordkeeping & Performance Program designed and maintained by AgSights. AGF has partnered with AgSights to offer the Go360 bioTrack Program to our members for a discount off the price through February 28, 2020.
- Opportunities to add opinions and needs to national surveys that determine how federal money is spent (money that comes from the taxes goat producers pay).
- Opportunities to help find, initiate and support research that is beneficial to their operations.READ MORE
- FDA is accepting public comments on “Potential Approach for Defining Durations of Use for Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Intended for Use In or On Feed:" until April 12, 2021. To electronically submit comments to the docket, visit www.regulations.gov and type FDA-2016-D-2635 in the search box. To submit comments to the docket by mail, use the following address. Be sure to include docket number FDA-2016-D-2635 on each page of your written comments. Read More
- USDA-ARS Researchers Introduce Treatment to Prevent Parasites in Sheep. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service (ARS) has developed a groundbreaking treatment that prevents anemia, weight loss, poor wool and meat production, and even death in sheep. ARS researchers partnered with Virginia Tech and the University of Massachusetts' Medical School to solve H. contortus parasite infection (barberpole worm).Read More
- Goatscaping has grown in popularity in recent years as an environmentally friendly way to clear overgrown lots. Covid-19 has boosted the demand. Goats can be on the job during lockdowns. Ms. Thompson turned to goats after New York City’s spring restrictions forced the park’s usual group of volunteers to stay home and left it full of weeds. Read More
- Kansas State Univesity teams up with Boehringer Ingelheim to invest in the future of veterinary medicine Read More
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has developed a network project to aid rural veterinary practices. The network will provide education and assistance with a goal of making rural veterinary practices sustainable. Read More
- Bill Introduced to reform USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Read More
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List for the second time in October and the action became effective earlier this month. The wolf was delisted before, but was returned to the list in 2014 by a federal judge as a result of pressure from environmental groups. The action by federal wildlife officials was praised by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and the American Farm Bureau.
- The California Bureau of Land Management is again using goats to knock down dry weeds, brush and grass in an effort to reduce fire hazards. The goats arrived last October and will be working through Spring, 2021.Read More
- Sheep, Goat, and Cervid Medicine, 3rd Edition by Dr. David Pugh N. (Nickie) Baird Misty Edmondson and Thomas Passler
contains practical answers on the care of sheep, goats, and cervids. It covers the latest advances in the field, including diseases and medical treatment, surgery, pain management, theriogenology, and nutrition. Read More
- Secretary Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Proposal to Transfer Agricultural Animal Biotechnology Regulatory Framework to USDA Read More
- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday that it has received a $250,000 federal grant to help develop a rapid field test for two highly contagious livestock diseases, Senecavirus A and the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease. Read More
- Reproductive Performance in Goats in Australia Read the Study
- the 2020 United States Animal Health Association resolutions are now available online. Read More
- Case of Scrapie Confirmed in North Iceland Read More
- National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) 2020 Projects: View
- National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) 2020 Projects: View