CDQAP 2020: Year in Review

By Dr. Michael Payne, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and Director, CDQAP This year, CDQAP, like the entire California dairy industry, had to adapt quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of lockdown orders and new urgent priorities, our partnership saw a...

Virtual California Dairy Sustainability Summit Recordings

By Denise Mullinax, Assistant Director, CDQAP The second California Dairy Sustainability Summit took place online this past November 5-6. 600+ tuned in live throughout the two-day event. Attendees included government officials, dairy farmers and industry...

Quick Convos Webinars

National FARM Program Most of California’s producers participate in the National Dairy FARM Program, most often through second party evaluations provided by their processors. To further explain how it works, this year, the program has been holding 30-minute webinars...

Keep Your Eyes Open for Salt Program Letters

by J.P. Cativiela, Administrator, Central Valley Dairy Representative Monitoring Program It’s been a long five months since June. As a reminder, some 720 Central Valley dairies in Priority 1 groundwater basins received a certified letter from the Central Valley...

California Dairy Quality Assurance Program

The California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) is a collaborative partnership between the dairy industry, academia, 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.