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Presentations in leadership and management principles are presented in multi-day sessions which build upon each other. When accepted to this program, the expectation is that each class participant will complete all three sessions within the same enrollment year.

A Typical Day

A typical day includes presentations, individual study, small group discussions, informal discussions, and roundtable discussions with faculty. Class size is limited to 30 people to maximize the small group interaction and peer-to-peer learning. 

Program Outline

Exec 1

  • Human Resource Management I
    • Assessing Your Management Style
    • Leadership
    • Employee Engagement
    • Communication
  • Financial Management I
    • Ratio Analysis
    • Ratio Relationships
    • Trends
    • Market Value vs. Cost Basis
  • Thinking Like a CEO
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Lean Systems
  • Compensation
  • Embracing Change and Servant Leadership
  • Milk Pricing
  • Time Management

Exec 2

  • Family Business Management
    • Family and Business Mission
    • Communication and Relationships
    • Ownership vs. Management
    • Family Business Transition
    • Estate and Succession Planning
  • Human Resource Management II
    • Recruiting, Interviewing and On-boarding
    • Managing Managers
    • Managing Multiple Sites
    • Rising Labor Costs - Strategies and Approaches
  • Financial Management II
    • Tracking Performance
    • CFO Responsibilities
  • Dairy Price Risk Management
  • Effective Negotations

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