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Program Application & Fees

Thank you for your interest in the Cornell Dairy Executive Program.

We seek to enroll well-rounded individuals with the following characteristics:

  • Inspired to achieve excellence through personal growth
  • Have 5 or more years  of dairy experience in a decision making position
  • Motivated to improve business management skills to lead a dairy business into the future
  • Appreciate the value of networking with other producers and industry leaders

Class size is limited to 30 people to maximize small group interactions and peer to peer learning.  Qualified applicants will be selected in the order which applications are received.

Application Instructions

Applications must be received by October 15, 2014. Qualified applicants will be selected in order of receipt of application.

The application period has closed. Please contact Heather Darrow at for further details on applying to CDEP.

Alternatively, you may download a PDF version here.  Acceptation into the program will not be considered final until registrant receives confirmation of acceptance in the program.


Total program cost:  $6,800             
Deposit:  $500 (minimum) due at the time of application

The program fee is paid in two installments.  If applicant is accepted into the program, the deposit is applied to the first payment of program fee.  After September 30, 2014, the first payment of program fee is due upon application. 

The first payment is due by November 10, 2014 and the second payment is due by February 1, 2015.  The application fee ($500) and early bird discount ($300 if applicable) will be applied to the first payment.

The program fee includes all meals, refreshment breaks, lodging, parking, speaker fees, and program materials for Sunday – Thursday of each of the 3 program sessions.

The program fee does NOT include additional nights of lodging (Sunday – Wednesday nights are included), expenses associated with traveling to and from the facility, expenses for recreational facilities, nightly entertainment and other personal incidental expenses.

Refund Policies

Upon acceptance into the program, the $500 deposit becomes non-refundable.   If an applicant is not suited for the program, applicant will receive a refund of the $500 deposit in a reasonable amount of time by the method in which payment was submitted.



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:

Cargill Animal Nutrition   *   Dairylea/DFA   *   Elanco Animal Health   *   Farm Credit East
Genex Cooperative, Inc.   *   Land O' Lakes, Inc.  *   Pfizer Animal Health   *   Pioneer Hi-Bred International