Applications are now being accepted for Class 43 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP). Growers, farmers, ranchersand individuals working in allied businesses and organizations are encouraged to apply.

The Ag Leadership Program, operated by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. Nearly 1,200 men and women have participated in the program and are influential leaders and dedicated volunteers in the agriculture industry, communities and other areas.

CALP is an intensive 16-month program 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 an incredible educational opportunity for emerging or mid-career leaders in agriculture,” said CALF President and CEO Bob Gray. “Fellows will become stronger and better leaders. During and after the program, they will apply their new skills, awareness and ideas to make a difference in their businesses, agricultural associations 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 The phase one application is due no later than May 14, but individuals are encouraged to complete it earlier.

Contact: Meredith Ritchie, (916) 984-4473,