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Kentucky Farm Bureau seeks nominations to ’12-13 LEAD program

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Recruitment for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s next group of participants in the two-year  Leadership Enhancement for Agricultural Development  program, or LEAD, is under way.

Deadline to apply is Oct. 26.

Up to 15 individuals will be selected for this intensive learning experience, intended to equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with the tools to manage tomorrow’s challenges.

LEAD is designed for Farm Bureau members ages 25-40 who are involved in agriculture or a related business and want to increase their leadership effectiveness and involvement in Farm Bureau.

Through small-group training, participants learn methods to access and process information, analyze and evaluate issues, formulate their own beliefs and articulate them clearly and effectively.

During 2013-14, the LEAD class will participate in six two-day meetings, two Farm Bureau annual meetings, the 2013 Congressional Tour to Washington, D.C., and an out-of-state agricultural tour.

Class members also will be exposed to formal and informal instruction, group discussion, and will be challenged to directly apply the knowledge and skills gained through the program.

Areas covered over the two-year course will include personal and professional development, leadership skills, agriculture technology, the legislative process and Farm Bureau’s role and involvement in lobbying issues that affect agriculture.

Applications to nominate someone for the LEAD class are available online at kyfb.com/federation. Participants in the LEAD program may be nominated by anyone, but all nominees must be approved by a county Farm Bureau president. A KFB-appointed selection committee will review the qualifications of each applicant and determine the final class roster.

Participants selected for the next class will be introduced in December at the 2012 KFB annual meeting in Louisville.

Since the program’s inception in 1998, 130 men and women from across Kentucky have graduated from LEAD with a better understanding of their need for political involvement, effective communication, personal development and active participation in Farm Bureau activities