Deadline nears for ag leadership program


CHEYENNE – The application deadline to participate in the Wyoming Leadership, Education and Development program is rapidly approaching and agriculture producers and agribusiness men and women are encouraged to apply.
The program will accept applications for L.E.A.D. Class 15 until
Aug. 1.
The L.E.A.D. program, a year-long adult leadership initiative, is designed to create an outstanding, highly motivated group of agricultural leaders in Wyoming. A maximum of 18 individuals will be selected to participate in the program, scheduled to begin
in November.
The program includes eight in-state seminars, a national study seminar in Washington, D.C., and an international trade mission. Participants will devote approximately 40 days to the study seminars and special project assignments.  
“The program is often a springboard for those who want to get more involved in shaping the future of agriculture in Wyoming and at a national level,” said Cindy Garretson-Weibel, L.E.A.D. program director,
The comprehensive program includes seminars focused on agriculture and natural resource issues, as well as personal development and leadership training, said Garretson-Weibel. The educational seminars are presented by qualified professionals and industry experts and cover topics including communication, policy and decision making, entrepreneurship, marketing, international trade, government and political affairs, natural resource management and leadership.
Potential participants submit an application, then participate in an interview. Final candidates are chosen by a selection committee based on their leadership potential, communication skills, commitment to participate and other criteria. L.E.A.D. participants pay a tuition fee to participate in the program.
A total of 232 individuals have graduated from the Wyoming L.E.A.D. program since its inception in 1984. The Wyoming Agricultural Leadership Council administers the program.
For application forms and other information about the program, contact Garretson-Weibel at [email protected] or (307) 214-5080 or visit the website at www.wylead.com.

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