Applications are now being accepted for Class 41 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP). The intensive two-year program is designed to enable fellows to reach beyond perceived limitations and boundaries in order to find common ground with others and to bring about transformational change.

“Participants in the program find it to be exciting, challenging, thought-provoking, educational and life changing,” says Bob Gray, California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) president and chief executive officer.

“Fellows receive a valuable and unique leadership experience that not only benefits them personally and professionally, but also benefits the agriculture industry and their communities.”

Fellows will participate in a 10-day national seminar during the first year and a 15-day international seminar during the second year. At the conclusion of the program, they are directly challenged to positively enhance society, as well as to serve as strong leaders in the agricultural industry.

Fellows will attend numerous high-impact seminars hosted by four partner universities. Through classroom and experiential learning, they will deepen their understanding of leadership theory, learn practical leadership skills, and focus on current social, political, scientific, organizational, and economic issues.

“The Ag Leadership Program is not about agriculture,” says CALF Director of Education Charlie Crabb. “It is about passionate, hard-working people in agriculture developing the skill sets, imagination and courage to tackle the challenging issues that face the agriculture industry, as well as our state, nation and world.”

Founded in 1970, the California Agricultural Leadership Program has more than 1,100 graduates and current fellows.

More information and the required forms are available at www.agleaders.org or by calling (916) 928-2202.

Applications are due May 14, 2010.