What is the National Dairy FARM Program?

Consumers today are more interested than ever before in their food: how it’s produced, its safety and wholesomeness, who’s producing it, how animals are treated and the impact on our environment. The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program provides assurance that U.S. dairy farmers are doing what’s right.

Why is the FARM Program important?

The National Dairy FARM Program is open to all U.S. dairy farmers, milk processors and cooperatives. As science and best practices evolve, the FARM Program’s goal is to continue showing customers and consumers that we’re holding the dairy industry to the highest standards.

Launched in 2009, the FARM Program was created by the National Milk Producers Federation in partnership with Dairy Management, Inc. The program helps ensure the success of the entire dairy industry by demonstrating U.S. dairy farmers are committed to producing high quality, safe milk with integrity.

How Does the FARM Program Work?

The FARM Program focuses on five program areas - Animal CareAntibiotic Stewardship, Biosecurity, Environmental Stewardship and Workforce Development.

Each program area provides participants with resources such as science-based standards, verifications, metrics and other tools that can be leveraged to improve best management practices in each respective pillar. We encourage all FARM Program participants to take advantage of these resources, further demonstrating the dairy industry’s continuous improvement commitment.