Dairy Environmental Handbook

The Dairy Environmental Handbook is a comprehensive resource of many of the environmental best management practices available to dairy producers. This book is the product of a joint National Milk Producers Federation and USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) effort to provide dairy producers and professionals with initial environmental management guidance for dairy operations.

This handbook was made possible through the generous financial support of the Phillip Morris Family of Companies, the USDA, and several sponsors. It is available for producers either directly from NMPF or from member dairy cooperatives. Producers do not need to be a member of a dairy cooperative to receive the book.

The complete handbook is available from NMPF on CD only. The CD format also includes NRCS’s CORE 4 Conservation Guide, a land application guide, and other environmental management tools for dairy producers from the USDA.

To request a CD copy of the handbook, please email info@nmpf.org with your name and complete mailing address.


 "How can I become a better environmental steward?"


This is a question that dairy producers across the country have been asking their advisors, fellow producers, and the organizations that serve them. Until now, the answer was to consult a variety of technical publications in order to compile a set of practices to minimize environmental impacts from various facets of their dairy farms. With the creation of Dairy Environmental Handbook, the National Milk Producers Federation hopes to simplify dairy producers' search for relevant environmental practices.