Applications are now being accepted for Class 44 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP). Growers, farmers, ranchers and individuals working in allied businesses and organizationsare encouraged to apply.

The Ag Leadership Program, operated by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), is considered one of the premier leadership development experiences in the U.S. Nearly 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 2013 to January 2015, is composed of monthly seminars delivered by Cal Poly, Pomona; Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; California State University, Fresno; University of California, 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 a tremendous educational opportunity for emerging or mid-career leaders in agriculture,” said CALF president and chief executive officer Bob Gray. “Fellows will become stronger and better leaders. During and after the program, they will use their new skills, ideas and awareness to make a difference in their businesses, agricultural organizations, and communities.”

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 www.agleaders.org. The phase one application is due no later than May 13, but individuals are encouraged to complete it earlier.

For more information, contact Meredith Ritchie at (916) 984-4473 or mritchie@agleaders.org.