EMS, ISO and Record Keeping

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a systematic way to manage impacts on the environment that covers all levels of farm management. An EMS is farmer-directed and voluntary and focuses on business efficiency. An EMS is not a specific document or set of documents, nor is it a specific practice, set of practices, technology or engineering. While all these things are important parts of an EMS, it is the disciplined commitment to continually improving environmental stewardship and business efficiency that make it a system. The goal of an EMS is to ensure that, over time, the negative environmental impacts from farming operations are minimized and positive impacts, like clean water, clean air and wildlife habitat, are enhanced.