Thank you for your interest in the AgForestry Leadership Program. Today’s pressing issues demand strong, able, informed leaders who not only excel in their chosen professions, but also in the areas of communications, public policy and issues management. Those who are directly engaged in farming, forestry or fishing are vital to influencing public decisions that impact natural resources and the Washington State economy. The Leadership Program is designed to develop those leaders for the natural resources and rural communities, while allowing them to continue conducting their business operations.
We cultivate leaders in agriculture, forestry and natural resources who communicate, collaborate, inspire and serve.
To positively impact and enrich lives and communities in Washington State and throughout the world with leading edge solutions for challenges faced by agriculture, forestry and natural resources.
For more information contact the AgForestry Foundation at 509-926-9113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Open application period is tentatively slotted from March 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018. We are in the process of creating a new website and application materials. Applicants who have expressed interest in applying for Class 41 will be notified when the new application is available. Please contact email@example.com if you wish to be considered as a candidate for Leadership Class 41.
The application consists of six parts, and detailed instructions for completing the application will be outlined further in the complete application packet. Please be assured that applications and recommendations will be held in strict confidence.
- Fellowship Application – Under Construction - Stay tuned
- Statement of Support - Spouse/Partner – Required for those candidates who are married.
- Employer Release – Required for those candidates who are not self-employed.
- Participant Commitment – This form must be signed and submitted with the application.
- Recommendations and References – Four recommendation forms are required for each candidate. We ask that these be a combination of personal, business, and community contacts.
- Candidates will also need to submit a list of references to the Foundation with the application. References do not have to be the same people as the colleagues from which you are requesting recommendations.
- You will be responsible for sending each of your recommenders the AgForestry Leadership Recommendation Form. They can also download this form by following the above link. All recommenders are required to send their completed and signed recommendation forms to you OR the Foundation office (Leaders@agforestry.org) prior to April 30.
- Memorandum of Understanding - Overview of commitments, requirements, and estimated expenses that may be incurred by participants. Must be signed and submitted with your application.
All applicants will be interviewed by a Selection Committee in their area of AgForestry alumni and non-graduate industry leaders. All interviews will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Interviews are held in person at different locations across the state. Every effort will be made to ensure minimal travel is needed. Candidates should notify the Foundation office if they have a change in address, email address, or telephone number other than what is listed in the application. All applicants will be notified of the selection results in early July. The first seminar is scheduled for October 2018 at Washington State University in Pullman.
The duration of each Leadership Class is 18 months, with a total of 58 days requiring your time and attendance and summers off - your commitment to the program includes attendance at all seminars. There will be 12 resident seminars held at various locations across the state. There are two travel seminars: one week in Washington, D.C., and two weeks in a foreign country. Each candidate will pay a participation fee of $6,000 or $3,000 per program year, with payment plans available. The value of each Fellowship Seat is $26,000 with the remaining $20,000 paid for by the dedicated investors of the Foundation.
The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program (AgForestry) awards fellowships up to 24 people each year from throughout Washington State. Over the course of 18 months, eleven seminars are held across the state at public and private institutions of higher education and leading Washington businesses on various topics including government, economics, international trade, communication, water issues, media relations, the criminal justice system, and the environment. Each seminar is three or four days, typically Wednesday through Friday. In addition the program includes two study travel seminars, including a two-week seminar in a selected foreign country and a seven-day seminar in Washington, D.C.
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When will the Program begin?
Each new class commences in October each year. After receiving applications, a screening committee considers each candidate, and personal interviews are required. The twenty-four candidates are selected for each class by a committee representing natural resource industries, education and business in all geographic areas of Washington. Final selection is made by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.
Be a resident of the state of Washington for at least one year.
Be given approval by the candidate’s employer to take the required time of 26 days during year one and 32 days during year two. Self-employed individuals must be able to be away from their enterprises for the necessary amount of time.
Remain in an agriculture, forestry, or fishing profession or in a service sector dedicated to the natural resource industries during the two-year term of the fellowship
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries are broadly and inclusively defined to include the producer, the processor or shipper and the marketer or sales person. It also includes professionals from education, law, finance and government whose work is dedicated primarily to servicing the natural resources sector. Individuals from other fields such as the environment, energy, the media, research, labor and public relations who can demonstrate strong connections to agriculture, forestry and fishing are equally included.
An important test of qualification is the applicant’s current and future commitment to the state’s natural resource industries.
The AgForestry Board of Trustees expects each participant in the Leadership Program to fulfill the following four commitments:
1. To attend all seminars and travel
2. To assume leadership responsibility
3. To participate in post-graduate leadership activities
4. To help in the perpetuation of the AgForestry Leadership Program
What are the costs involved?
Each participant pays $6,000 ($3,000 per year of participation). The balance is paid by private donors. Participants are responsible for the cost of in-state travel and must also consider the costs related to being away from home and business for the 58 days they are involved in the program.
The value of the fellowship awarded to the participant is $21,000, which includes travel and subsistence costs for state seminars and national and international study travel seminars.
Who are the sponsors?
The program is under the direction of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation, which is funded almost entirely by the private sector, over 700 individuals, businesses and private foundations. State and private universities throughout Washington State provide support in the form of facilities, seminar instructors and coordinators. Businesses provide similar support as do various levels of government.
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