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California Dairy Research Foundation

Dairy research is essential to the continued innovation of California’s thriving dairy industry.

For more than 30 years, CDRF has supported the California dairy industry through relevant and emergent research, producer education and outreach. CDRF is primarily funded by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), which receives check-off dollars from California dairy producers.

CDRF collaborates and partners with other dairy industry organizations to best support the California dairy industry. CDRF seeks project co-funding wherever applicable to maximize funding and research investment opportunities.

California Dairy Sector on Track to Reach State’s Methane Goal and be Climate Neutral by 2030

UC researchers examine California dairy’s path to climate neutrality in new study. Davis, CA – A new peer-reviewed study published by researchers from the CLEAR Center at the University of California at Davis shows the California dairy sector is on target to reach the...

New Dairy PLUS+ Program: Draft Guidelines for Dairy Methane Reduction Incentive Programs

— Courtesy California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), OEFI Dairy PLUS+ Program Announcements The Dairy Plus Program is a new program under CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI). This program will award competitive grants to California...

California Dairy’s Path Toward Advanced Manure Recycling: Innovation, Partnership, Worms, and More

Courtesy of Dairy Cares Communications The California dairy sector is on a mission to innovate how manure is recycled—boosting water quality outcomes and soil health. An initial roadmap has been drawn. Several projects are already under way. Millions of additional...

California Dairy Sector Poised for Climate Neutrality by 2030, per UC Davis Researchers

FROM THE CLEAR CENTER AT UC DAVIS, COMMUNICATIONS Quick facts: California is the leading dairy producer in the United States and is mandated to reduce methane emissions by 40% by 2030. Unlike carbon dioxide, which persists for hundreds of years, methane is a...

Dairy Research Bulletin: Selected Articles from April 2023

Environmental Management and Sustainability Methane emission, nutrient digestibility, and rumen microbiota in Holstein heifers fed 14 different grass or clover silages as the sole feed. Parnian-Khajehdizaj F, Noel SJ, Johansen M, Weisbjerg MR, Hellwing ALF, Højberg O,...
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Nutrition & Health, Product Innovation

Promote the health and nutritional benefits of milk and dairy products.

Dairy Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Ensure dairy products are safe and maintain quality throughout the value chain.

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Environmental Management, Educations, and Industry Outreach

Promote and protect California dairy industry values and integrity.

The California Milk Advisory Board is the major sponsor of the California Dairy Research Foundation