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Application & Fees

Thank you for your interest in the Cornell Dairy Executive Program.

We seek to enroll well-rounded individuals with the following characteristics:

  • Inspired to achieve excellence through personal growth
  • Have 5 or more years  of dairy experience in a decision making position
  • Motivated to improve business management skills to lead a dairy business into the future
  • Appreciate the value of networking with other producers and industry leaders

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.

Enrollment for Class 13 has ended.  To be added to our mailing list, click here.


Class 13 Fees

Total program cost: $6,900 per person single occupancy

$6,150 per person double occupancy
(applies to individuals from the same business)
Early Bird Discount (before July 15, 2017): $300 per person

Deposit:  $500 (minimum) due at the time of application

The program fee is paid in two installments, although you may choose to pay the program fee in one installment.  If applicant is accepted into the program, the deposit is applied to the payment option select at the time of application (first installment only or full program fee).  After September 30, the first payment of program fee is due upon application. 

The first payment is due by November 10, 2017 and the second payment is due by February 1, 2018.  The application fee ($500) and early bird discount ($300 if applicable) will be applied to the first payment.  If you choose to pay the program fee in one installment, full payment is due by November 10, 2017.  

The program fee includes meals, refreshment breaks, lodging, parking, speaker fees, and program materials for each of the 3 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, expenses associated with traveling to and from the facility, and other personal incidental expenses.

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, 2017 to qualify for a 100% refund of any payments made, less $500 deposit.  

Cancellations received after October 31, 2017 but before Exec 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 expense 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 3 session after the Exec 2 session is completed, the participant will receive a refund of $25% of the second installment amount.  

Substitutions may be made up to two weeks before the start of the Exec 1 program, subject to approval by the program director.  Any substitutions thereafter should be discussed directly with the program director.  



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