The application window for Class 45 is Jan. 15 - April 15, 2023.

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

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. Final selection is 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 18 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. As of Class 44, the cost to each participant is $6,000. The cost to each participant is offset by the investment of our alumni, stakeholders and grants. 

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 or (509) 926-9113 if you have any questions about the program or application process.

Application Steps – The application window for Class 45 is January 15 – April 15, 2023. Click here to view the full Class 44 schedule. (The schedule for Class 45 will be published by late 2022.)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – You 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 Once you begin the application process, we will email you a copy of the MOU for you to sign & submit via email.

  1. General Application
  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 – Applicants, please share this link with four references. 
  6. Upload your resume
  7. Signed Memorandum of Understanding – Once you begin the application process, you will receive a link via email to sign the MOU using adobe.
  8. Attend an AgForestry Q&A sessions via Zoom, click date to register.
    1.  Tuesday, January 17, 2023: 12 – 1 pm
    2. Wednesday, February 22, 2023: 3 – 4 pm
    3. Thursday, March 23, 2023: 1 – 2 pm
    4. Wednesday, April 5, 2023: 12 – 1 pm
  9. In person interviews are held early June across the state. The date for Class 45 will be scheduled over the next few months.

*You may also send these documents to or 2702 W Sunset Blvd, Suite B, Spokane, WA 99224an

Schedule an appointment below to chat with AgForestry Staff, if you have further questions about AgForestry Leadership.