FARM WFD is developing an on-farm, 2nd party evaluation tool that cooperatives and processors can choose to implement with their members. The goals of the evaluation tool are to help farms:
- learn about HR and safety management best practices
- identify which best practices will be most useful to implement on their farm
- track improvement over time
Additionally, by performing on-farm evaluations, FARM Participants can provide important assurances to supply chain customers: our dairy buyers and retailers.
The evaluation tool was developed in consultation with the FARM WFD Task Force and Working Group members, along with subject matter expert input.
Public Comment Period
The Public Comment period ran from December 6th 2019 through January 20th 2020. Thank you to all that participated. The FARM Program is currently reviewing the feedback received.
Program staff is also reviewing dairy producer feedback collected during the pilot program that ran through the end of 2019. Ten cooperatives volunteered to test the evaluation with a total of about 50 producers. Public Comment is intended to complement the pilot.