In honor of the 20th anniversary of the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP), the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) released a new document highlighting the impact that CDQAP has had on the environment and California dairy.
For two decades the California dairy industry has provided base-line funding as well as logistic and outreach support; it is the longest-running, successful dairy continuing education program in the country. Every state and federal agency having significant regulatory responsibility for dairies has participated in the CDQAP process, including state and regional water boards, air districts, and the state and federal departments of agriculture, to name just a few. The University of California, Davis, Department of Animal Science and School of Veterinary Medicine experts lead education modules, ensuring that the best science-based outreach is available to dairy producers, processors and allied industry.
Since 2000, the first year CDQAP certification was awarded, there has been a 70-fold increase in the number of California dairies that are certified as environmental stewards. CDQAP certified dairies better understand environmental requirements and best management practice options and perform better in regulatory compliance inspections. CDQAP certified dairies also receive a 50% discount in annual permit fees, allowing certified producers to invest elsewhere in their operations.
With nearly 800 of California dairies certified as leaders in environmental stewardship, consumers can rest easy knowing that their dairy comes from farms that diligently work to reduce their environmental impact and demonstrate the best animal care practices. For more information about the CDQAP and to view the new infographic, visit www.cdqap.org.
View the CDQAP Impact PDF: https://www.dairybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CDQAP-Helping-Dairy-Farmers-20th.pdf