The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) has announced that applications for Class 40 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program are available at www.agleaders.org.

“We are excited about moving toward a huge milestone with our 40th class,” says CALF President Mike Barr. “If our past is any indication, Class 40 may produce a future member of Congress, the state Legislature, county Board of Supervisors or local school board. Our board of directors, alumni, partner universities and friends recognize that the continuing success of California depends on new leaders emerging.”

Since its founding in 1970, the California Agricultural Leadership Program has graduated more than 1,100 Californians. The program is designed to enable class members to reach beyond perceived limitations and boundaries in order to find common ground with others and to bring about transformational change. Through seminars and experiential learning, participants deepen their understanding of leadership theory and develop skills through hands-on activities. Seminars take place in urban and rural California, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and foreign countries. At the conclusion of the two-year program participants are directly challenged to positively enhance society, as well as to serve as leaders in the agricultural industry.

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

Applications are available online at www.agleaders.org or by calling 916-928-2202. Applications must be received by May 15, 2009.