Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program Is Accepting Nominations for Class XII
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
LEXINGTON (February 27, 2018) — The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP) is accepting nominations for Class XII. KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee.
"Anyone who wants to be on the cutting edge of decisions that affect agriculture, rural communities, and society in the 21st century will benefit greatly from going through this program," said Will Snell, KALP co-director. "Graduates of the program have gone on to become active leaders in legislative bodies, farm and commodity organizations, agribusinesses, and their local communities, which is vital for the future of agriculture in today's challenging marketplace and policy arena."
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of Kentucky or Tennessee, be involved in some phase of agriculture, and be willing and able to commit around 50 days over the two-year period to participate in this premier leadership program. Funding for the program comes from nearly 200 financial supporters, including the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, Kentucky agribusinesses, farm organizations, and program alumni as well as participant fees. Participants will be responsible for tuition of $2,500 payable in two installments to help offset the $15,000 individual program costs.
The program consists of 10 domestic seminars devoted to important agricultural issues. Sessions also focus on improving participants' communication, leadership, and management skills. Class members will visit a variety of Kentucky agribusinesses, Frankfort, and Washington, D.C., and will travel to other states and nations to explore agriculture in different settings. The previous 11 classes have yielded 291 graduates, many of whom subsequently have taken on leadership positions in agriculture.
"This program is about more than farming," KALP Co-Director Steve Isaacs said. "Participants will polish essential leadership skills, identify common rural and urban concerns, understand current public policy issues, and establish a basis for lifelong learning and development."
Interest is expected to run high for the 22 seats available in Class XII. Snell and Isaacs, both from the UK Department of Agricultural Economics, said they generally receive around 100 nominations for each class. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by county Extension agents, farm organizations, trade associations, alumni of previous leadership programs, or other interested individuals. Nominations are due no later than May 31, 2018. All nominees will receive information about the program and procedures for submitting the required application and three letters of recommendation, which will be due no later than July 15. Interviews to select class members will be in mid-August, with the first seminar tentatively scheduled for Oct. 29-31 in Lexington.
Applicants are asked to complete the nomination form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the form to KALP, UK Department of Ag Economics, 321 C.E. Barnhart Building, Lexington, KY 40545-0276 before May 31.