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National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM)™ Program

National Milk Producers Federation, National Dairy FARM Program

More than a decade ago, the U.S. dairy industry recognized that meeting the nutritional needs of a growing and diversified population (UN SDG2) requires a sustainable food system (UN SDG 12) with transparent production practices and proof points on sustainability goals. The dairy sector believes deeply, in keeping with UN Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDG), that people have a right to wholesome nourishment, produced safely and responsibly, as part of a sustainable food system.

To address these needs and demonstrate our devotion to a sustainable food system, in 2009 the U.S. dairy industry formed the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM)™ Program, which commits U.S. dairy farmers to high-quality on-farm management practices for safe, sustainable dairy production. FARM’s transparency provides consumers with confidence that their U.S. dairy products are produced in keeping with the highest level of science-based metrics and best practices. The FARM Program demonstrates key learnings and models implementation possibilities for the global dairy industry. FARM is an industry-wide collaboration, created by the National Milk Producers Federation in partnership with the U.S. levy program Dairy Management, Inc. It is open to all U.S. dairy farmers, cooperatives, and processors. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has endorsed the FARM Program as the industry-wide social responsibility program for on-farm U.S. dairy production.

Science-driven standards and best practices, with a commitment to continuous improvement, stand at the core of FARM’s mission. These practices and standards are required to have a scientific and technical basis and be measurable for implementation. The standards are revised and updated every three years to ensure the program keeps pace with the latest science-based recommendations. Such data-driven procedures have allowed the program to empower dairy farmers, cooperatives, and processors to assure consumers and customers that dairy farmers manage their animals, workforce, and land responsibly and sustainably.

As part of a One Health approach, the FARM Program is U.S. dairy’s industry-wide, on-farm social responsibility program that provides assurances that U.S. dairy farmers are global leaders in:

  • Animal care (UN SDG 9 and 12)
  • Antibiotic stewardship (UN SDG 9 and 12)
  • Biosecurity (UN SDG 9 and 12)
  • Environmental stewardship (UN SDG 13, 14, and 15)
  • Workforce development (UN SDG 8 and 12)

More information including educational resources, standards, and best practices available online at www.nationaldairyfarm.com.

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Key contact

Jamie Sieds Jonker, Emily Yeiser Stepp, Chief Science Officer
jjonker@nmpf.org

Keywords

responsible production animal welfare sustainability

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