Featured Articles

  • Why Fur Is Back in Fashion

    Animal skins are being embraced by designers amid a push to make the lives and deaths of captive creatures more humane. This story by Richard Conniff appears in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. Photos by Paolo Marchetti.

  • Ag is #1 with SAGES Students

    FOX LAKE

    Students attending School for Agriculture and Environmental Studies (SAGES) in Fox Lake can rattle off at least a dozen commodities in which the Badger state ranks No. 1 including cranberries, mink pelts and milk goats.

  • Animal Welfare vs Animal Rights

    What’s the Difference?

    For the last 50 years or more, the debate has raged over the role of animals in human society, with particular reference to the ways in which we use them for our benefit.

  • The Colors of Mink

    A Rainbow of Choices

    As with developing an appreciation for the different colors and varieties of fine wines or diamonds, consumers can become just as discerning when choosing a mink garment or trim – choosing from an amazing spectrum of colors.

  • Humane Care Certification

    What is the Humane Care Merit Award Certification Program?

    The fur industry’s Humane Care Merit Award program, launched in 1989, was one of the first formalized humane care certification programs in U.S.

  • Grading Mink

    How to SuCCeeD!

    Prior to selling a mink crop, an auction house will subject pelts to close scrutiny and sort them into groups, or bundles, of the same quality. For a farmer to do well during grading, he must focus on four points all year long: Size, Color, Coverage and Density.

  • Animal “Snuff” Films

    Do They Depict Reality?

    These are films are the stuff of nightmares… animal life being taken, legally and illegally, “Animal snuff films” feature footage that is sometimes real but is too often staged.

Informational Videos

Mink Farmer

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Family Farming

Mink Husbandry

Facts & Figures About Farmed Fur

One of the greenest sectors of America’s agricultural industry.

275

Fur Farms
2013

4.4M

Pelts
2014

22

States
2013

$350M

Crop Value
2014

Supporting Organizations

American Farm Bureau