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Dairy Executive Program

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The Cornell Dairy Executive Program (CDEP) provides a unique, professional educational opportunity in leadership and management principles for progressive dairy producers in New York and across the country.  This yearlong program develops the skills that are necessary to run a successful dairy business in individuals who have 5 or more years of dairy experience in a decision making position, and who are committed to a career in the dairy business.

Timely topics in dairy business management are presented by a team of national experts from within and outside of the field of agriculture through three multi-day sessions over a 12-month period. Program content focuses on four different areas within the dairy business: business planning, financial management, human resource management and risk management.

After attending this class you will have developed:

  • A comprehensive self-evaluation of your business
  • 1- and 5-year strategic business plans
  • Leadership and management skills
  • A network of dairy executives
  • A plan for building business relationships

Applications for the next CDEP class will be accepted in Spring 2017.






Believing that the most important asset on the farm is the management personnel and their skills and experiences, the following companies provide key support for CDEP:

Cargill Animal Nutrition * Dairy Business Communications * Dairy Farmers of America * Dupont Pioneer * Elanco Animal Health * Farm Credit East * Genex Cooperative * Zoetis