AWA Friday Newsletter - November 20, 2020

AWA Friday Newsletter - November 20, 2020 To receive our weekly newsletter in your inbox, contact the AWA office and request to be added to our email list.


The AWA office will be closed next Thursday and Friday (Nov. 26 and 27) for the Thanksgiving holiday so that our employees can spend Thanksgiving with their families. We appreciate your understanding and hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Earlier this year after COVID broke out the USDA announced a Coronavirus Food Assistance Program available to farmers and ranchers who had been directly impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. That program was available May 26, 2020 through September 11, 2020.

President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on September 17 that USDA will implement an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

You can learn more about USDA’s initial Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP1) by visiting

You can learn more about applying for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2) by visiting

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

2021 AWA Breeders Guide

We are now accepting advertising submissions for our 2021 Breeders Guide. Distributed to all new members and featured at shows, conferences and under the Where to Buy section of the AWA website, the Breeders Guide is one of the best ways to get your brand seen.

Click on the adjacent thumbnail to sample the 2020 guide. If you're interested in participating in the 2021 edition, please contact the AWA office for pricing and specifications. 

Annual General Membership Meeting and Director Voting
This year's Virtual Annual General Membership meeting went smoothly and was well attended. We thank everyone for their patience as we worked through our first virtual meeting and look forward to getting back to a live event next September in Fort Collins, CO hosted by Colorado State University.
During the AGM a great slate of candidates were nominated to serve as AWA Board of Directors. Voting will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020 and last through Monday, November 30, 2020 by 5:00 PM Pacific time.
AWA members in good standing eligible to vote as of September 30, 2020 will receive an email from Simply Voting with your login information. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders if you don’t see it in your inbox. You can login to your DigitalBeef account and check the email address we have for you. If you need to make any changes contact the office right away.
Candidates for the 3 available director positions are (in alphabetical order) as follows.

Pamela Armstrong - Maple Row Stock Farm - Clarence, NY
Ryan Bagley - Bagley Beef Company - Logansport, LA
Matt Rainey - Caroland Farms - Landrum, SC
Marlin Stutzman - Schonbrook Farms - Howe, IN


AWA 2020 Virtual Conference Presentations

With a successful Annual General Membership meeting wrapped up, the virtual conference presentations are now available for viewing. If you registered for the AGM you should have already received your login, password and link to the presentations. If you have not yet registered, there is still plenty of time to experience them.

After clicking the link above and entering your contact info, the AWA will send you an invoice for $100 for the conference registration fee. Once paid, you'll receive a login, password and a link to the virtual presentations by our conference speakers. The presentation videos will go live October 30, 2020 and will be available to view on demand until Jan 1, 2021. Please contact the AWA with any questions.

Protecting your DNA Samples

We sometimes get DNA samples here in the office like this one in the photo here. This is lost opportunity by trying to save a few dollars and the sample is now gone. Take extra precaution to protect your DNA sample submissions.



Have you been looking for ways to help promote the Wagyu Breed?  Whether you’re interested in something for yourself or a gift for your customers, we have several items to choose from. With each purchase you are helping support your association and proudly support this great Wagyu breed.

Make sure to check out popular carcass grading cards now in stock!

Share A Favorite Photo

We make lots of memories with family, friends and Wagyu cattle! What activities have you been up to on the farm? Send us a picture and we will choose one a month to feature in an upcoming newsletter! Please include your name and membership number and mail to

Getting ready for the Wagyu Show at the
North American Livestock Exposition

Advertise with the AWA
The American Wagyu Association offers many ways members can advertise their genetics and products through AWA services. These include Face Book, Premium Advertising Page, eBlasts, Classifieds, the Annual Breeders Guide and other opportunities. Contact the AWA office for more information or visit

Download our advertising fee schedule

Upcoming Member Events

November 21, 2020 – Buck Mountain Ranch Final Chapter Sale – Springfield, Missouri

January 21-25, 2021 – The New Year's Collection 2021 –

February 11-13, 2021 – Sandhills Performance Wagyu/Schardt Cattle Company Online Sale –

March 20, 2021 – Triangle B Ranch's 10th Annual Spring of Opportunites Sale

March 27, 2021 – Bowman Farms Complete Dispersion – Clemson University, North Carolina

April 10, 2021 – M6 "Science is on our side" Dispersion – Alvarado, Texas

May 22, 2021 – Bar R Cattle Company Production Sale – Pullman, Washington

June 12, 2021 – Passion For Prime – Salina, Kansas
To post an upcoming event or to advertise your event with a live link, please contact the AWA Office.

Helpful Links

Stockmanship & Stewardship
Beef Quality Assurance
Beef Improvement Federation
Ultrasound Technicians
Masters of Beef Advocacy

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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