AEM’s member company manufacturers of robotic milking machines convened in Washington, D.C. last week to show a united front ahead of anticipated federal action on regulations that would shape much of the industry.

Representatives from AEM’s Dairy Equipment Leadership Group and Dairy Equipment Engineering Committee met with leading members of the Trump administration and other industry allies ahead of the amendment process for the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance as well as the acceleration of the 3-A standards making process.

Leaders from GEA Farm Technologies, Lely, BouMatic, DeLaval and AMS Galaxy met with members of the National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s office of the secretary, 3-A Sanitary Standards and the Food and Drug Administration (USDA).

Though robotic milking technology has been used in the United States since the early 2000s, the FDA is currently developing new standards for on-farm operations under the Food Modernization and Safety Act of 2011. A key component of these deliberations is the standards development work underway by 3-A.

AEM urged these stakeholders to accelerate the standards-making process to create certainty and uniformity across all 50 states.

The meetings in Washington also provided an opportunity for AEM’s Dairy Equipment Leadership Group to discuss how to further advance priorities with regulators, as well as enhancements to dairy statistics reporting programs and other issues impacting the dairy equipment sector.