American Goat Initiative

AGF believes there is a significant need for a national center for goat research and education, similar to the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center. After extensive research and discussions with federal government officials it became apparent that federal funding like that that supports the NSIIC would not be available. In 2018, AGF received a substantial sum of seed money to establish a National Goat Center and that entity has been organized and registered with the Federal government. The name of the association is the American Goat Initiative (A.G.I.) and it is a 501 (c) 3 scientific research and educational nonprofit foundation able to accept tax deductible donations.

Mission: Advance the US Goat Industry through Education, Scientific Research and Collaboration.

Vision: Improve industry knowledge, vision and growth by educating producers, processors, distributors, marketers and consumers. Increase efficient production while ensuring product safety and food security by supporting and coordinating scientific research projects that meet the A.G.I. Mission.

Operations Statement:A.G.I. is a non-profit foundation that serves as an independent arm of the American Goat Federation (AGF) under the management of its own Trustees with its own bank account. The non-profit corporation conducts its own business and is accountable to AGF only for finances with an annual full report of its activities. The AGF Office provides administrative support for AGI at cost as requested. No less than 3 and no more than 7 Trustees are appointed by the AGF Board of Directors and serve staggered two year terms or until replaced. The first year trustees’ terms will be adjusted to insure staggered terms. See the Articles of Corporation for expanded details.

Tax deductible donations may be sent directly to the American Goat Initiative Office. Tax deductible donations may also be made on the AGF website by filling out the appropriate form.


  1. Solicit tax deductible donations for use in fulfilling the AGI Mission.
  2. Support scientific research and stakeholder education in goat science and technology.
  3. Select and coordinate scientific research in market development, production, environmental and other industry areas as identified by the trustees and stakeholder input.
  4. Promote increased sustainable production through education, scientific research, and other efforts.
  5. Promote responsible practices in animal husbandry and environmental stewardship through education.
  6. Increase consumer knowledge through education.
  7. Provide industry direction and leadership.
The American Goat Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit scientific research and education foundation.