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FARM Program Now Has 61 Cooperatives, Proprietary Processors, Plus Dozens Of Dairy Producers, Participating
Arlington, VA—Participation in the National Dairy FARM Program (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) has increased to more than 75 percent of the US milk supply, up five percentage points from the previous year, according to a report released Thursday by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).
As of October 1, 2014, the FARM Program has 61 cooperatives and proprietary processors, and dozens of individual dairy producer participants, the report noted.
The summary report, issued annually, quantifies practices by dairy farmers participating in the FARM program, which is a voluntary, national set of guidelines designed to demonstrate farmers’ commitment to outstanding animal care and a quality milk supply.
The National Dairy FARM Program was created by the NMPF, with support from Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI), to demonstrate and provide verification over time that US dairy farmers are committed to providing a high level of animal care and quality assurance.
Program participants are given training materials and are evaluated by a veterinarian or another trained professional. Evaluators provide a status report and, if necessary, recommend areas for improvement.
Each year, a nationwide sample of dairy farms in the program is randomly selected for visits from third-party “verifiers’ to assure that the observations recorded by veterinarians are valid. A certified auditing company, Validus, conducts the third-party verification process. The third annual verification of the FARM program reflects adoption of select practices as of December 2013.
The report quantifies the results of more than 12,000 dairy farm evaluations conducted during the previous three years.
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