Tune in Next Week! Golden State Dairy Management Webinars

Thursday, March 25 1:00 - 5:00 PM Agenda and Registration When: Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 1:00-4:50 PM Where: Virtual Webinar via Zoom (link and instructions to join will be emailed to registrants closer to the event date) Fee: $10 Dairy Producers and...

CDQAP March News: Tips for Water Board Inspections; Prop 12 Update

Whatever Happened to Prop 12? The controversial 2018 animal care law is still impacting California agriculture. By Dr. Michael Payne, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and Director, CDQAP Three years ago, California’s voters passed Proposition 12, the Farm...

Complementing Flush Manure Systems to Manage Solids & Increase Solids Exports

A variety of technologies and strategies have been funded through the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) since 2017. Learn first-hand from peer dairy farmers as they discuss the solutions they've implemented to...

How to Protect Your Farm from Undercover Activists

By Dr. Michael Payne, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and Director, CDQAP It’s a common strategy for animal rights organizations to have individuals go “undercover” on farms to record videos that are taken out of context, stage scenes of mistreatment, or to...

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.