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Ag Leadership Program Seeks Class 50 Applicants
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The Shared Seasonal Workforce Program would partner industries like agriculture with those that need an influx of workers at other times, like fulfillment centers looking to meet holiday demands. - photo by Courier file photo

Applications are now being accepted for Class 50 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Applicants should be mid-career growers, farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals or individuals working in allied businesses and organizations who are emerging leaders in agriculture.

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 1,300 men and women have participated in the program and are influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, communities, government, business and other areas.

The 17-month program, from October 2019 to February 2021, includes approximately 56 days of formal program activities. Four partner universities – Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis – deliver comprehensive, diverse and high-impact curriculum designed to improve leadership skills. In addition to monthly seminars, fellows participate in national and international travel seminars and receive individualized development coaching.

“The founders and early supporters of the Ag Leadership Program would be extremely proud to know that we are recruiting our 50th class and that the program is still relevant, valuable and strong,” said CALF President Barry Bedwell. “We look forward to seeing the pool of quality candidates for this milestone class.”

CALF invests approximately $55,000 per fellow to participate in the Ag Leadership Program. The costs are underwritten by individual and industry donations. Candidates are strongly encouraged to talk with Ag Leadership alumni about the program and to attend a regional recruitment event.

Detailed program information and the phase one application are available at The phase one application is due no later than April 29, but individuals are encouraged to complete it earlier.