Drug Use on Farms Still in National Spotlight

By Dr. Michael Payne, UC Davis, School of Vet. Medicine; Director, CDQAP Producer’s wanting to reduce antibiotic use should consider Selective Dry Cow Therapy, but it won’t be for everyone. Since the 1940s, as human medicine’s dependence on antibiotics has...

Trespass During Natural Disasters

By Dr. Michael Payne, UC Davis, School of Vet. Medicine; Director, CDQAP While anti-livestock activists commonly misrepresent animal care practices, to exploit farmers wrestling with natural disasters seems particularly manipulative. Following a levee breech a Merced...

Managing Dairies During Heavy Rainfall

Actions producers can take in-between rain storms. By Dr. Michael Payne and Denise Mullinax, CDQAP Any producer who’s wrestled with local flooding, corral ponding and mud knows it’s easier to take preventative measures before the storms than it is to address them once...

CDQAP 2022: Year in Review

By Dr. Michael Payne, UC Davis, School of Vet. Medicine; Director, CDQAP This year is nearly over, and we can perhaps be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief. Drought, uncertain regulatory future, and supply chain issues from the epidemic have lingered. In spite of...

California Dairy Quality Assurance Program

The California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) is a collaborative partnership between the dairy industry, academia, government agencies and others to promote the health of consumers, the health of the environment, and the health and welfare of dairy animals. The program is funded by the California Dairy Research Foundation.

The CDQAP provides educational workshops and assistance focusing on the components of public health (farm security and food safety), animal care and environmental stewardship. The program also provides third-party certification in Environmental Stewardship through its on-farm evaluation and certification program.

Environmental Stewardship

Animal Care

Food Safety and Farm Security

Resource Binders

Reference materials at your fingertips!

The CDQAP Reference Binders series offers detailed reference materials including updates and timelines to support California dairy Farmers achieve and maintain current regulatory compliance. Binders contain region-specific materials, additional resources, and example and usable forms to continue to support our farmers in real time. Select your Binder below.


Air Quality Curriculum I & II Reference Binder


Central Valley Water Quality-WDR Reference Binder


Animal Care: F.A.R.M. Program Reference Binder


North Coast RB1 Water Quality Reference Binder


San Francisco Bay RB2 Water Quality Reference Binder

CDQAP Online Courses, Tools, Webinars, and Workshops

CDQAP ONLINE COURSES, TOOLS, Webinars and Workshops: California dairy producers can access CDQAP online materials by contacting us at cdqapclasses@cdrf.org or by using the form below.

Our online courses, tools, webinars and workshops focus on Environmental Stewardship, Animal Care, and Food Safety & Farm Security.

The CDQAP and California dairy producers have had a positive impact.

Dairy producers who have attended CDQAP educational programs better understand regulatory requirements, industry best management practices, and scientifically-sound options for protecting air and water quality as well as implementing best animal care practices and farm security and food safety planning. CDQAP certified dairies perform better in regulatory inspections.

With nearly 800 California dairies certified as leaders in environmental stewardship, consumers are assured that their dairy products come from farms that diligently work to reduce their environmental impact, demonstrate the best animal care practices and provide healthy, safe, nutrient-­dense dairy products for their families.