The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program Excellence Awards are back for the second year. The prestigious awards recognize farms and evaluators who demonstrate excellence in their engagement with the FARM Program.
“We are thrilled to continue these Excellence Awards and recognize those who are dedicated to implementing FARM Program principles and values in their businesses,” says Emily Yeiser Stepp, vice president of the FARM Program. “These awards are given to dairies and evaluators who exemplify on-farm social responsibility principles every day.”
Award categories include Animal Care & Antibiotic Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship, Workforce Development and FARM Evaluator.
Nominations are open until Aug. 1. Farms or FARM evaluators can be nominated by fellow dairy farmers, members of their communities, extension, cooperative or processor staff, veterinarians, themselves or others.
Nominated farms must have a current FARM Program evaluation in the respective category area and must be in good standing with the program. Evaluators who are nominated must be FARM Program certified in any of the program areas as of Aug. 31.
Winners in each category will receive a hotel room and travel for two individuals to attend the Dairy Joint Annual Meeting in Aurora, Colorado, Oct. 24-26. Visit the FARM Excellence Awards webpage for more details.
Created by the National Milk Producers Federation in partnership with Dairy Management Inc, the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) works with all U.S. dairy farmers, co-ops and processors, to demonstrate to dairy 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.