What To Expect

Washington, D.C. Educational Fellowship Program (D.C. Exchange)

Fellows can expect to deepen their understanding of current issues and challenges affecting California’s agricultural industry through unique experiences and personal interaction. Seminars, presentations, discussions and tours will focus on water, crop protection, pests, trade, inspection, labor, housing, food safety, laws and regulations, and the environment.

Fellows can expect to meet with and hear from numerous growers, ranchers and agriculture industry leaders. A powerful and highly-praised part of the program is when fellows participate in overnight farm stays. By spending quality time with farm families and getting a personal look at life on a family farm, fellows gain incredible insight into their issues and concerns. It is also an opportunity for the D.C.-based fellows to educate growers about the functions and processes of government and federal agencies.

Fellows will be able to apply what they learned during the program to their government roles, as well as build relationships with their new connections.

» Every March, the Ag Leadership Alumni Council hosts a reception in Washington, D.C. for D.C. Exchange alumni, Ag Leadership Program fellows and other guests.