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Each year, a special group of young women are selected to represent the state’s more than 1,300 dairy farm families who contribute to making California number one for milk production in the U.S. The 2017 contests will be held April through June. Districts select a winner and alternates based on judging criteria, such as knowledge of and enthusiasm for the industry. See below for application details and contest dates.

California Dairy Princesses serve as industry advocates in their home district and the state of California, building a favorable public image for milk and dairy products through appearances at industry and agricultural functions, school groups and in media interviews. Dairy Princesses and alternates participate in a orientation/training in July, in which they receive professional development coaching.

2016 California Dairy Princesses and Alternates
The California Dairy Princess Program has been in effect for many years and is sponsored by California dairy producers through the California Milk Advisory Board. Application forms can be obtained online at Questions can be directed to the CMAB office at or 209.690.8240. For more information on becoming a California Dairy Princess, click here.

The 2017-2018 California Dairy Princess application deadlines and contest dates:

California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest of cheese and yogurt. Dairy products made with Real California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk or Real California Cheese seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms.

About the California Milk Advisory Board

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1,300 dairy families. With headquarters in Tracy, the CMAB is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. The CMAB executes advertising, public relations, research and retail and foodservice promotional programs on behalf of California dairy products, including Real California Milk and Real California Cheese, throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information and to connect with the CMAB through social media, visit, like at Facebook, view videos at YouTube, follow at Twitter and Instagram, and pin at Pinterest.