What is FARM?

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 planet. The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management Program (FARM) provides them assurances 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, processors and cooperatives. The program works with dairy farmers, the producer community 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 of workforce development.

Created by the National Milk Producers Federation 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.

FARM is open to all farms, milk processors and cooperatives and program components are guided by their respective advisory groups.

How Does the FARM Program Work?

Through our four program silos – Animal Care, Environmental Stewardship, Antibiotic Stewardship and Workforce Development – FARM works with dairy farmers, cooperatives, processors and industry partners to show customers and consumers that the dairy industry holds itself to the highest standards.

The Animal Care Program is the cornerstone FARM Program in which all producers are required to participate.

It includes a FARM Animal Care Reference manual with best practices that farmers must follow for every cow and calf on the farm, on-farm assessments by trained evaluators and third-party verification by a qualified third-party entity who evaluates a statistically significant percentage of farms each year to ensure the integrity of the program.

We encourage all participants to take advantage of the other silo resources, which further demonstrate our commitment to continuous improvement.