The application window will open March 15-April 30. Class 44 will begin in October 2022.

Please read the information on this page before you proceed to the application forms at the bottom of this page.

The application, essay questions, and self-evaluation can be completed online. The Employer Release will need to be filled out by your employer. Four online reference forms are required for each candidate. Please upload, mail or email your resume and a signed Memorandum of Understanding to the AgForestry Office. All materials are kept confidential.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have lived or worked in Washington for at least one year.
  • Your employer must approve that you can invest the required time to attend all seminars (approx. 58 days) and are able to be away from communications during the seminar hours. Those who are self-employed must be able to be away from their businesses for that time.
  • Plan to remain employed in agriculture, forestry or related natural resource industry for the duration of the class.
  • Embrace the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Statement.

Industry Definitions

Agriculture, forestry and natural resources are broadly defined to include producers (farmer, forester and fisher), processor/shippers, and marketing/salespeople. It also includes professionals from education, law, finance, insurance, government and non-government agencies whose work is dedicated to serving the natural resources sector. Individuals from other fields such as the environment, media, research, labor, and public relations who demonstrate strong connections to the natural resource industries are also included. An important qualification is the applicant’s current and future commitment to Washington’s agriculture, forestry, fisheries, natural resources and rural communities.

The Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation, which oversees the AgForestry Leadership Program, strongly encourages a solid representation of production candidates, which are key decision makers for the major production issues in their farming, forestry, fishing or natural resource entity or who spend most of their time in hands-on activities.

Selection Process

Each Leadership Class is selected by a volunteer committee representing leaders in natural resources, and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. All applicants will have an in-person interview with the Selection Committee in your region. The selection process is highly competitive. Up to 24 participants are chosen for each class. Applicants are notified of the selection results in early July. Please notify the AgForestry office if you have changes in address, email address, or telephone numbers listed on your application.

Program Commitment

Each Leadership Class is 18 months long, with no less than 58 days of required time and attendance. Your commitment to the program includes attendance at all seminars. There are 11 multi-day seminars held throughout Washington State, plus two travel seminars: one week in Washington, D.C., and two weeks in a foreign country. The cost to each class member is $6,000, although the value is significantly higher. Generous giving partners help subsidize the cost to each participant.

Each participant is expected to fulfill the following commitments:

  • To attend all resident and travel seminars
  • To assume leadership responsibility
  • To participate in post-graduate leadership activities
  • To support the Foundation and the AgForestry Leadership Program after graduation

Please contact AgForestry staff at leaders@agforestry.org or (509) 926-9113 if you have any questions about the program or application process.

Application Steps – The application window will open March 15-April 30. Class 44 will begin in October 2022.

Memorandum of UnderstandingYou must read and understand this entire document before you start the application. If you have questions or concerns about anything contained in this MOU, call AgForestry at (509) 926-9113 or email us at leaders@agforestry.org

  1. General Application. Please complete this first.
  2. Application Essay Questions
  3. Self Evaluation
  4. Employer Release – A release will be emailed directly to your employer using the information you provide on the General Application.
  5. Reference Form – Four references are required.
  6. Upload your resume and signed Memorandum of Understanding*.

*You may also send these documents to leaders@agforestry.org or 2702 W Sunset Blvd, Suite B, Spokane, WA 99224

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