Help CDRF and UCD Measure Dairy’s Sustainability Efforts

Take the Survey! To demonstrate to consumers that the dairy industry’s sustainability efforts are working, we need a baseline. That’s why the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) is funding UC Cooperative Extension to collect benchmark data. The short survey...

Composting Research Begins This Year

CDFA funds CDRF research to pave the way for emergency carcass composting. By Dr. Michael Payne, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and Director, CDQAP Every producer who has experienced a rendering service disruption has shared the same frustration. When the...

Pig Heads and Terrorists

Joint FBI - USDA training offers farmers and ranchers guidance on how to protect against accidental and deliberate threats. Landing at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International, an airline traveler from Ecuador was relieved of part of the family’s celebratory reunion meal...

Criminals, Dairies and Drones: How to Respond

Law enforcement has developed a developed a flyer on responding to suspicious drone activity. Criminals are using drones to scout rural property for equipment to steal, and animal rights activists use drones to gather video footage at dairies and ranches. A CDQAP...

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 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.