Currently, 98 percent of the milk marketed in the United States goes through a set of benchmark standards with dairy farmers, cooperatives and processors before consumers even see it on grocery store shelves.
The benchmark is called the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management, or FARM Animal Care Program developed by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) with support from Dairy Management Inc.
The program is made of three silos: animal care, environmental stewardship and antibiotic stewardship. The dairy industry wanted to create a uniform program the dairy system can follow to ensure a safe, reliable product with a way to merit success.
AgDay and U.S. Farm Report national reporter Betsy Jibben takes a look at how the program is working. She speaks to Blake Gendebien, a dairy farmer who owns Twin Mill Farms and Ogdensburg, New York; Craig Jones, Agri-Mark Field Services Manager; and Roberta Osborne, senior quality manager for Chobani.
Video Courtesy: Chobani