Class 40 - Now Recruiting
AgForestry Cultivates Leaders
Come experience Washington’s premier leadership education and development program that cultivates effective,
informed leaders in agriculture, forestry, fishing, aquaculture, related businesses and industries.
WHAT IS AGFORESTRY LEADERSHIP?
AgForestry is recognized as the premier leadership development program in Washington state that cultivates effective, informed leaders in agriculture, forestry, fishing and related natural resource industries. The program offers hands-on learning experiences to teach the skills needed to be a leader and voice for agricultural commodities, drive natural resource industry growth, and economic vitality. Over eighteen months, 12 leadership seminars are presented throughout Washington on topics including: Communication, Group Dynamics & Public Speaking, Working with Media, Social Services, State Government, Forestry, Agriculture, the Columbia River System, Crime & Corrections, and Transportation. The program also includes one week in Washington DC learning about National Government and two weeks of International Study on Trade, Culture and Government
Over the course of 18 months, AgForestry presents 12 leadership development seminars across the state at public and private institutions of higher education and leading businesses on various topics including government, economics, international trade, communication, water issues, media relations, the criminal justice system, and the environment. Additionally, the program includes a seven-day seminar in Washington, D.C., and a two-week seminar in a selected foreign country. For each leadership class, the AgForestry Leadership Program awards 24 fellowship seats from a group of state-wide applicants that encompass a range of professions and industries. These include those directly involved with agriculture, forestry, and fishing (producers, processors, shippers, marketing and sales) as well as related fields such as education, law, finance, government, human resources and labor, media, and public relations. The selection process is highly competitive.
Leadership is best developed with other leaders
The AgForestry Leadership Program brings together a variety of top-quality leaders from all areas of the natural resources community. This reinforces that we are all connected through government policy, industry practices, and community relationships. What happens on the west side of the state can have a direct impact on Eastern Washington and vice versa; what occurs in Seattle or Olympia can have an impact in Colville or Kennewick. The AgForestry Leadership Program prepares its participants and members to apply this knowledge.
The AgForestry network includes over 1,000 program alumni and numerous industry partners. The network is valuable; for example, if someone is faced with a question involving regulations or new legislation for either the natural resource industry as a whole, or a specific commodity, the AgForestry network allows you to connect with and learn from others who may be in your specific area or industry. The network also facilitates relationship building with people you may not otherwise have contact with, such as environmental communities, regulators and legislators - locally, statewide, nationally and globally.
AgForestry graduates are leaders who:
- Have acquired the skills needed to effectively communicate in their organizations and communities.
- Have broadened their knowledge on issues that are important to natural resource industries.
- Have obtained insight into how communities work together successfully. They have learned about issues which affect our state's budget. They realize that leadership is needed in every part of society. AgForestry graduates are providing leadership from the grassroots up, serving in local, state and federal government and NGO's. Others are taking the lead as creative entrepreneurs, creating new systems of marketing and producing, adding economic value and developing new markets domestically and overseas.
- Meet and build relationships with a wide range of individuals who are leaders from other communities, regulators, and commodity groups. They become articulate advocates for natural resources.
- Are action-oriented, critical thinkers and solution seekers who serve as a voice for natural resource industries.
- Employers and individuals who make the investment and support participation in the program can be assured that leadership class members are experiencing unique opportunities, and learning and acquiring leadership skills that will be incorporated into their jobs and communities.
- Be prepared to make key leadership decisions based on being able to see the "bigger picture" of issues and challenges.
- Become more action-oriented, critical thinkers and solution seekers.
- Play a key role in providing leadership from the grassroots level up, which is critical to communities across our state and nation.
- AgForestry graduates are serving as county commissioners, local, state and national legislators, school board members, and on numerous decision-making and economic development committees and commission
For application and candidate nominations please click HERE
|2017 - 2018|
PRELIMINARY SEMINAR SCHEDULE
Class 40 - Year One
This schedule is tentative and subject to change at any time
|Location - Sponsor||Dates||Theme|
|October 18-20||Leadership, Communication and Vision|
|Wenatchee||November 14-17||Group Dynamics and Public Speaking|
Northwest Farm Credit Services
|December 13-15||Working with the Media|
|Tacoma||January 10-12||Social Issues|
WA Forest Protection Association
|National Travel Seminar
February 24 - March 3
|May 16-18||Forestry Issues|
|2018 - 2019|
|Class 40 - Year Two|
|Location - Sponsor||Dates||Theme|
|Yakima||September 12-14||Jack Felgenhauer Agriculture Issues|
|Vancouver||October 10-12||The Columbia River System|
|Walla Walla||November 14-16||Crime and Corrections|
|International Study Seminar||January TBA||Trade, Culture and Government|
|April 10-12||Launching Your Leadership Resources|