2012-14 CALS Agricultur​al Leadership Developmen​t Program

**Please note:  Although this opportunity is not available for our 4-H members, we ask that you share the information with any family and friends who might be interested and eligible.  This is a very prestigious program to be accepted for.**

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University announces a two-year program designed to develop the leadership skills of up to 30 young agriculturists who exhibit considerable leadership potential. The participants would be representative of all agriculture and related agribusiness in North Carolina.  This program consists of eight seminars at NC State University; one training session with spouses; a legislative study tour to Washington, D.C.; a study tour to Brazil (if funds are available), a major competitor with agricultural commodities of the United States and a California study-tour (if funds are available); and a wrap-up session with spouses.

The Agricultural Leadership Development Program will help participants:

  • Understand problems and policies related to agricultural commodities and agricultural-related issues;
  • Develop a better understanding of people, their environments, and their personal and group aspirations;
  • Build an understanding of the public policy development process and prepare individuals to participate in that process;
  • Analyze and work in teams to solve complex agricultural problems relating to agricultural production, people, the environment, and the state and world economies;
  • Enhance their ability to provide leadership in the resolution of agricultural issues;
  • Improve their ability to communicate to both large and small groups, while increasing confidence in working with people;
  • Improve their ability to manage a farm and related agribusiness in a competitive global economy;
  • Establish a basis for lifelong development by stimulating a desire for independent study and learning.

The total effort is designed to help people make informed decisions on public issues – decisions that shape the future of rural communities in North Carolina.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, please visit http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/content/CALDP.  Applications can be obtained by contacting the Buncombe County Extension office at (828) 255-5522..

Please note that the target application deadline is April 1, 2012.  Successful applicants will be informed by September 2012.