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FARM Program to Lead One-Day Session at 49th Annual AABP Conference

August 3, 2016

NMPF’s Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program will host a full day of programming during next month’s 49th annual conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) in Charlotte, N.C.

On Sept. 16, FARM will lead a day-long session filled with panels and speakers who will discuss the critical role veterinarians play in responsible dairy cattle care. Panels will cover why the FARM Program was created, its recent successes and future goals, and the latest in animal health research.

The day-long session will begin with a panel featuring prominent industry leaders including NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern; Rick Smith, President and CEO of Dairy Farmers of America; Mike McCloskey, President of Select Milk Producers and Barb O’Brien, President of DMI and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. These distinguished panelists will provide a grounding for attendees on why on-farm practices have become consumer trust issues and how proactive policies and programs, like FARM, are the key to the dairy community’s long-term success.

The Friday session will also help AABP veterinarians realize their role in helping dairy producers understand and meet FARM Program guidelines, as well as learn how to respond proactively to customer expectations around animal care.

FARM Program Administrator and NMPF Chief of Staff Emily Meredith stressed the importance of the relationship between veterinarians and dairy farmers, saying: “We are grateful to AABP for allowing us to host a session and further engage the nation’s veterinary leaders and discuss the future of the FARM Program.”