SALINAS, January 17, 2018 – In February the twenty-four individuals of Class 47 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) will celebrate the completion of their advanced leadership development experience.

A reception and dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District. The event will include comments by California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) representatives as well as Class 47 fellows and alumni of the program. As part of the evening, Bob Gray and Dr. Pat Lattore will be presented with the Honorary Fellow Award for their consistent commitment and uncommon excellence in the furtherance of education and leadership in California agriculture. Tickets for the dinner are $40 and may be purchased by calling (831) 585-1030.

The commencement ceremony will be held on Feb. 10 at Fresno State’s North Gym 118. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. with welcome and leadership comments by Fresno State President Joseph Castro. The event will conclude with a hosted reception at 11:30 a.m. Class 47 fellows are Kevin Antongiovanni, Bakersfield; Tom Barrios, Woodland; Jared Britschgi, Bakersfield; Casey Creamer, Fresno; Christopher Drew, Castroville; Ted Grether, Somis; Randi Gwilliam, Tulare; John Hay, Bakersfield; Hans Herkert, Yuba City; Stuart Hoetger, Chico; Nadav Ichaki, Santa Monica; Tucker Knutz, Lemoore; Brad Koehn, Turlock; Hunter Lindemann, Gustine; John McKeon, Santa Cruz; Jason Miller, Newcastle; Jenny Lester Moffitt, Davis; Darrin Monteiro, Hanford; Matt Patton, Elk Grove; Brad Reinhart, Hanford; Jill Scofield, Granite Bay; Matt Stornetta, Sonoma; Doug Thomas, Red Bluff and Kiran Toor, Yuba City. “On behalf of the Foundation’s board and all alumni of Ag Leadership, we offer our sincere congratulations to the Class 47 fellows for their accomplishment,” said Jeff Elder, board chairman of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, which operates the program. “We look forward to their future work as ‘leaders who make a difference’ on behalf of California agriculture.”

Through dynamic seminars during an intensive 17-month program, fellows studied leadership theory, effective communication, motivation, critical and strategic thinking, change management, emotional intelligence and complex social and cultural issues. Seminars were delivered by four partner universities – Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis. Fellows participated in approximately 56 seminar days, including an eight-day national travel seminar to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland and a 15-day international travel seminar to Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain.

Ag Leadership is considered to be one of the premier leadership development programs in the United States. Since it was first delivered in 1970, more than 1,300 men and women have participated in Ag Leadership and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in the agriculture industry and other areas.