SALINAS, January 4, 2016 – Applications are now being accepted for Class 47 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP). Applicants must be growers, farmers, ranchers or individuals working in allied businesses and organizations who are emerging or mid-career leaders in agriculture.

The Ag Leadership Program, operated by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. More than 1,200 men and women have participated in the program and are influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, communities, government, business and other areas.

The 17-month program, from October 2016 to February 2018, includes approximately 56 days of formal program activities. Four partner universities—Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis—deliver comprehensive, diverse and high-impact curriculum designed to improve leadership skills. In addition to monthly seminars, fellows participate in an eight-day national travel seminar and a 15-day international travel seminar as valuable extensions to their studies.

CALF invests approximately $50,000 per fellow to participate in the Ag Leadership Program. The costs are underwritten by individual and industry donations.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to talk with Ag Leadership alumni about the program and to attend a regional recruitment event. Detailed program information and the phase one application are available online at Phase one of the two-part application process is due no later than May 2, but individuals are encouraged to complete it earlier.