All of the producers from whom we receive milk must participate in the F.A.R.M. program.
What is FARM? Farmers Assuring Responsible Management
The National Dairy FARM program works with dairy farmers, processors, and industry partners to show customers and consumers that the dairy industry is taking the very best care of cows and the environment, producing safe, wholesome milk and adhering to the highest standards in workforce development.
Created by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in partnership with Dairy Management Inc., FARM helps ensure the success of the entire industry by demonstrating that U.S. dairy farmers are committed to producing the best milk with integrity.
Through the four program areas – Animal Care, Environmental Stewardship, Antibiotic Stewardship, and Workforce Development – FARM works to encourage all farmers to take advantage of program area resources, which help to execute the dairy community’s commitment to continuous improvement.
The Animal Care Program establishes animal care standards developed by the FARM Farmer Advisory Council, the Animal Care Task Force, NMPF’s Animal Health and Well-Being Committee and approved by the NMPF board. The program ensures that dairy farmers are committed to taking excellent care of their animals and producing safe, wholesome milk
The implementation of these standards is evaluated through on-farm evaluations, conducted by trained second party evaluators.Third party verification evaluates a statistically valid percentage of farms each year to ensure that the second party evaluations were conducted with the highest level of integrity.