Ag Leadership Program Seeks Applicants for Class 45

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al-leadership=council-logoSALINAS, January 22, 2014 – Applications are now being accepted for Class 45 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Growers, farmers, ranchers and individuals working in allied businesses and organizations are encouraged to apply.

The Ag Leadership Program, operated by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. More than 1,200 men and women have participated in the program and are influential leaders and active volunteers in the agriculture industry, communities and other areas.

The 16-month program, from October 2014 to January 2016, is composed of monthly seminars delivered by Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State, UC Davis and other academic institutions. Fellows also participate in a 10-day national travel seminar and a 15-day international travel seminar. Seminars provide a comprehensive curriculum focusing on a variety of subject matter.

“Ag Leadership is an incredible educational opportunity for emerging or mid-career leaders in agriculture,” said CALF President and CEO Bob Gray. “Fellows will gain important skills and awareness to enhance their leadership capabilities and effectiveness in a rapidly changing environment. They will be better prepared to assess and deal with the challenges affecting their business, agricultural associations and community.”

CALF invests approximately $45,000 per fellow to participate in the Ag Leadership Program. The costs are underwritten by individual and industry donations.

Detailed program information and the phase one application are online at The phase one application is due no later than May 12, but individuals are encouraged to complete it earlier.