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The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) developed the Certified Livestock Producer Program as a way to recognize livestock farmers that go above and beyond in their farm practices and procedures. This voluntary program will recognize farmers that are willing to demonstrate publicly their commitment to the environment, animal well-being, food safety, emergency planning, biosecurity and being a good neighbor in their community. ISDA believes this tool will help improve understanding of modern livestock production in today’s communities.
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View ISDA's press release on the program here.
The Certified Livestock Producers are livestock producers who must demonstrate their commitment to the environment, animal well-being, food safety, emergency planning, biosecurity and being a good neighbor in their community.
What do these criteria mean to you and what does this mean to the producer?
Commitment to the environment - Certified Livestock Producers share the concerns of many Hoosiers for the environment. In order to be certified, the producer conducts a self assessment where he or she must receive a minimum score for progressive environmental practices in areas such as nutrient management, manure handling and conservation practices. This section is validated by an ISDA representative.
Commitment to animal well-being and food safety - Certified Livestock Producers understand the important responsibility of their position in the food system. That is why they are committed to complete a nationally recognized certification program for his/her respective species that addresses food safety, animal health, care and housing. This is then validated by a commodity representative or technical specialist.
Commitment to emergency planning - Certified Livestock Producers know that a solid emergency plan can protect people, livestock and the environment. Each has an emergency plan for his/her operation. The producer then conducts a self-assessment to verify he/she has developed and implemented a plan for his/her farm that meets appropriate standards. A local fire department representative then reviews and validates the plan.
Commitment to biosecurity - Certified Livestock Producers recognize the importance of sanitation and the health of their livestock. The producer must conduct a self-assessment and obtain a minimum score to verify they have developed and implemented a biosecurity plan that meets these criteria. He/she must meet with a veterinarian to review and validate the plan.
Commitment to being a good neighbor - Certified Livestock Producers respect their neighbors as fellow members of their community. The producer must demonstrate actions as a good neighbor through the self assessment and this section is validated by an ISDA representative.
In addition, each producer must make a Producer Promise
Program materials are available for download by Certified Livestock Producer Program participants only. One of the primary benefits to participants is access to information. If you are a participant and need access to the program materials, please email Kimmi Devaney (firstname.lastname@example.org).