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Application & Fees

Class Size

Class size is limited to 30 people to maximize small group interactions and peer to peer learning.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Qualified applicants will be selected in the order of receipt of application and notified on the 1st of the month following the date the application was received.

Class 14 Fees

Total program cost

$5,650 per person single occupancy
$5,100 per person double occupancy (applies to individuals from the same business)

Early Bird Discount

Apply before September 1 and receive a discount of $300 per person

The program fee includes all meals, refreshment breaks, lodging, parking, and program materials for each of the program sessions.  The program fee does NOT include lodging prior to the first day of the program or on the evening of the last day of the program during each session, expenses associated with traveling to and from the facility or other personal incidental expenses.


The program fee is paid in two installments, although you may choose to pay the program fee in one installment. 

If application is submitted by September 1:

Amount Due Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
At time of application $500 $500
By November 1 $1,700 $1,700
By December 1 $3,150 $2,600
Total Program Fee $5,350 $4,800

If application is submitted after September 1:

Amount Due Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
At time of application $500 $500
By November 1 $2,000 $2,000
By December 1 $3,150 $2,600
Total Program Fee $5,650 $5,100


$500 (minimum) due at the time of application.  If applicant is accepted into the program, the deposit is applied to the program fee selected.  After September 30, the first payment of program fee is due upon application. 

Refund Policies

  • Upon acceptance into the program, the $500 deposit becomes non-refundable.   If an applicant is not suited for the program, applicant will receive a refund of the $500 deposit by the method in which payment was submitted.
  • In the event that applicant is unable to attend the program, notification of withdrawal from the program must be submitted in writing by October 31 to qualify for a 100% refund of any payments made, less the $500 deposit.
  • Cancellations received after October 31 and before December 1 starts will qualify for a 30% refund of the first installment less the $500 deposit plus 100% of any additional payments made, due to expenses that the program cannot recover.
  • If withdrawal from the program occurs after the Exec 1 session is completed, no refund of the first payment or deposit will be given. If participant will not attend the Exec 2 session, the participant will receive a refund of 25% of the second installment amount.
  • Substitutions may be made up to three weeks before the start of the Exec 1 program, subject to the approval of the program director. Any substitutions thereafter should be discussed directly with the program director.

Equal Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of Cornell University to actively support equality of educational and employment opportunity. No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or handicap.

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 * Farm Credit East * Pioneer * Zoetis

Additional support is provided by DAIRYBUSINESSTM - The Future of Dairy