Twenty-four California leaders in agriculture have been selected to participate in the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP), one of the premier agricultural leadership opportunities in the United States. The class, the 38th selected in the program’s history, was recently inaugurated in Petaluma.

CALP is an intensive two-year fellowship that focuses on more effective leadership through enlightenment and cultural exposure. It has been in operation since 1969 and has more than 1,000 alumni, including such influential leaders as Secretary of Agriculture A.G. Kawamura, State Senators Mike Machado and Abel Maldonado, U.S. Representatives Devin Nunes and George Radanovich, Department of Pesticide Regulation Director Mary-Ann Warmerdam and former Secretary of State Bill Jones.

Class 38 fellows include John Amarel, Yuba City; Scott Anderson, Kingsburg; Ladi Asgill, Delhi; Lino Bozzano, Arroyo Grande; Stephen Brown, Riverdale; Andrea Furber Card, Santa Rosa; Dr. Maria de la Paz Carpio-Obeso, Davis; Denise Carter, Colusa; Grant Chaffin, Blythe; Dr. Cecilia Chi-Ham, Woodland; Tyler Dawley, Red Bluff; Steve DeRose, Arroyo Grande; Donna France, Santa Maria; Christopher Giannini, Visalia; Nicole Hayden, Sonoma; Eric Horn, Shafter; Jeana Hultquist, Fair Oaks; Eric Jenks, Browns Valley; Bill Morris, Fillmore; Holly Myers, Redding; Jamie Nickel, Bakersfield; Garrett Patricio, Fresno; Garry Pearson, Davis; and Jon Reelhorn, Sanger.

Class members will be exposed to a variety of issues and activities unique to CALP. Those include visits to San Quentin State Prison in San Rafael and intercity youth programs in East Los Angeles, as well as trips across the United States and to developing nations. The participants’ interaction with non-agricultural environments follows CALP’s belief that effective leaders must have a true understanding of the world around them.

For more information about CALP, visit www.agleaders.org or call 916-928-2202.