CSU, Chico

Cynthia Daley

Cynthia Daley


Cindy Daley, ProfessorOffice: Plumas 209

Campus Zip: 310

Phone: 530-898-6280

FAX: 530-898-5845

E-mail Address: cdaley@csuchico.edu

Personal Information

Dr. Cynthia A. Daley completed her BS in animal science at the University of Illinois and her PhD at the University of California, Davis in 1997.

Research and Professional Interests

Aside from her duties in the classroom, committee work and advising, Dr. Daley created the Organic Dairy program located at the Agriculture Teaching and Research Center for the purposes of research and education, Students are directly involved in an organic production paradigm including managed intensive grazing (MIG), organic pasture management, holistic herd health, milking hygiene, milk quality, organic calf management, and whole farm systems planning. Positions on the Student Dairy Management Team are competitive.

The applied research program is driven by the recommendations of organic dairy producers throughout the Western Region and funded through the California Agriculture Research Initiative, Organic Valley Family of Farms - FAFO funding (Farmers Advocating for Organics), and the USDA OREI program. Research reports and publications are available at the CSUC ODP website. http://www.csuchico.edu/ag/farm/dairy-unit/index.shtml.

Dr. Daley is also involved in a national consortium of researchers working to bring a variety of educational materials and research bulletins on-line at http://eorganic.info/ - to benefit organic producers as well as the extension service, organic certification personnel and agricultural educators. This spring we will pilot our first on-line course entitled "Introduction to Organic Dairy Production".

Active research projects include reduced grain feeding and the use of soil amendments to improve forage quality and net profitability; the effect of pasture DMI on milk nutrient content and the use of fodder as a grain alternative in mid size dairy operations.

Organic Dairy Program 

Grass-Fed Beef Information (funded in part by WSARE and ARI)

Composting Information (funded in part by ARI and Air Resources Board)

Service to the College, University, and Community

Dr. Daley serves on various committees.

Additionally, Daley serves on the advisory board for the Western Regional Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, produces their quarterly newsletter and maintains their Web site at www.wodpa.org.

Professional Affiliations

Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

California Farmers Union