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Dairy Executive Program

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

Recruitment for Class 14 will begin in Spring 2019, with sessions beginning in December 2019.  Join our mailing list.

2019 CDEP Management Symposium will be February 26-27, 2019.  Sessions will focus on two key strategic concepts: Joint Ventures and Lean Systems.



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:

Ag Choice Farm Credit * Cargill Animal Nutrition * Dairy Farmers of America * Dupont Pioneer * Farm Credit East * Zoetis


Additional support is provided by media partners:

California Dairy Magazine

DAIRYBUSINESSTM - The Future of Dairy

Progressive Dairyman