Frequently Asked Questions
After the assessment is completed, the results are emailed in a PDF document to the farmer and the person inputting the assessments.
If the farmer has the information needed on hand and is generally available for questions, a FARM ES assessment should take approximately an hour to complete.
It’s up to the user to decide how often or how many farms to assess through FARM ES. If not doing every farm, we have developed a FARM ES Statistical Sampling Protocol in order for the user to select a random, statistically valid set of farms to assess on an annual basis.
No. FARM Program participants will have the option to complete the assessment in conjunction with or separate from existing animal care evaluations.
A farmer should receive a copy of our Getting Ready (linked here) document around two weeks prior to the assessment in order to aggregate all of the available information. The information they will need include milk production records, animal numbers, rations, energy statements, fuel usage, and nutrient management plans (if available).
The FARM Environmental Stewardship module allows for the collection and dissemination of information on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and energy use on dairy farms. The assessment also helps dairy producers identify potential efficiency gains and cost savings, and track progress in a secure, confidential platform. An Environmental Stewardship User Guide has been developed to walk evaluators and employees through the on-farm assessment process.
The FARM Environmental Stewardship module is voluntarily available to all FARM program participants. If a FARM Program participant wants to use FARM ES, they can do so by opting into the module by using the Co-op Manager account designated for their organization.
FARM Environmental Stewardship integrates the methodology and science that resides in Farm Smart ™, which was developed by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy over the last several years. Farm Smart’s science-based models were field-tested on dozens of farms and in several full supply chain pilots, and are being fully integrated into FARM. FARM Environmental Stewardship is a strong addition to the FARM Program’s existing Antibiotic Stewardship and Animal Care modules, which have earned strong customer support.
While the FARM Animal Care evaluation requires the evaluator to move about the farm, a FARM ES assessment is primarily a paper exercise that requires documentation and some farmer engagement. FARM ES assessments are not an "inspection."