In mid-October, USDA issued a voluntary standard for grass-fed marketing claims. The grass-fed standard states that grass and/or forage shall be the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage, and animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. The certification program, administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, will allow producers who comply with the standards to market cattle or beef as USDA-verified as grass-fed. For more information on how to qualify, follow this link.