Applications open for the Agricultural Leadership Program

Four leading universities offer a comprehensive, diverse and high-impact program designed to enhance leadership skills.

Information provided by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation

California agriculture The Leadership Foundation said applications are now being accepted for Class 52 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP). Applicants must be mid-career growers, farmers, ranchers, and/or individuals working in other areas of the California agriculture industry.

According to the release, the Agricultural Leadership Program, run by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), is considered one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. More than 1,300 men and women have participated in the program and are influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, communities, government, business and other fields.

“As we open the application process for Class 52, we are committed to selecting a group of awardees who represent California’s vast and highly diverse agricultural industry,” said CALF President and CEO Dwight Ferguson. “Our unique curriculum, personalized coaching, and focus on lifelong learning enable us to produce leaders who benefit their communities, businesses, and California agriculture as a whole.”

The foundation said the 17-month fellowship focuses on mid-career professionals who have strong leadership ability, a passion for California agriculture, and an interest in self-growth and prosperity for their communities.

He went on to say that the program consists of approximately 55 days of formal program activities. Four partner universities: Fresno State, UC Davis, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Cal Poly Pomona, offer a comprehensive, diverse, and high-impact curriculum designed to enhance leadership skills. As a valuable extension of the monthly seminars, fellows participate in national and international travel seminars and receive one-on-one leadership development coaching.

“CALF invests more than $50,000 per fellow to participate in the Farm Leadership Program,” the foundation said. “The costs are covered by donations from individuals and industry. Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with Ag Leadership alumni of the program and attend an informational event. All events will adhere to national and local safety and health guidelines.

Detailed program and application information for Phase One is available online here. The first phase of the three-sentence application process is due no later than April 27. Individuals are encouraged to complete the application as soon as possible.

“The Foundation has options to ensure the program can continue to be implemented effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.

Kevin E. Boling