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DAIRY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS – A THREE-STATE PILOT TEST
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 376-385 in Fifth International Dairy Housing Proceedings of the 29-31 January 2003 Conference (Fort Worth, Texas USA) 701P0203.(doi:10.13031/2013.11647)
Authors: P. E. Wright, B. J. Holmes, L. Holloway
Keywords: Dairy, Environmental Management Systems, Assessments
An environmental management system (EMS) was designed to identify practices that pose risks to human health and the environment and develop a plan to reduce those risks. A dairy business may benefit from this process by increasing market opportunities, controlling regulation costs, controlling production costs as well as reducing environmental risks. The US Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the value of this process in other industries and is encouraging agriculture to adopt it as well. A nationwide research program has been initiated to develop environmental management systems for poultry, beef and dairy operations. Idaho, New York and Wisconsin have initiated pilot programs to develop and test the use of environmental management systems on dairy farms. The objectives of this project are to:
2. Identify and develop the support mechanism that will encourage producers to adopt EMS and study the extent of changes that are made as a result of adopting the EMS.