Applications are now being accepted for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program (IALP) Class of 2014. It will be the 16th class to complete the leadership education and training and will begin in September 2012.
Founded in 1981, the IALP is a two-year series of leadership seminars that brings participants face-to-face with leading educators, innovators, business practitioners and government representatives. The mission of the program is to develop knowledgeable and effective leaders to become policy and decision makers for the agricultural industry.
- Eligibility for the program includes the following parameters:
- Men and women ages 25-49 (as of the date of application);
- Full-time employment in production agriculture or agri-related occupations;
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and Illinois resident;
- Demonstrated leadership qualities and potential;
- Commitment to attend all seminars, including travel seminars.
Each class is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. Individuals are selected for the IALP based on demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to leadership and for their diversity to represent the agricultural industry. The program builds on individual experiences, and introduces participants to frequently unfamiliar situations. Participants develop a close camaraderie and, most importantly, learn from each other.
Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2012, but applicants should consider applying early. Interviews of all eligible candidates will be conducted in the summer of 2012, and all applicants will be notified as soon as possible following final selection.
Application materials will be submitted on-line with the exception of the Employer and Spouse Consent Forms which will be downloaded from the web, filled out and mailed to the program office. The applications are now available at the bottom left corner of the front page of the website at www.agleadership.org.
The IALP is funded and administered by the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF), a non-profit educational corporation under Illinois law, with contributions from corporations, alumni and friends. A board of directors, comprised of recognized leaders in agriculture and business, oversees the program. Graduates of the program include the Chairman of the U.S. Farm Credit Administration in Washington, DC, Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council, international agribusiness executives, the current and immediate past president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, and leaders of community boards and agricultural associations throughout the state.
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