Accepting Applications for Next Class

We are excited to announce we are now accepting applications for our fourth fellowship class, which will run for two years starting in January 2016. Applications must be received by Nov. 13; applicantGroup1s will be notified of their selection in early December.

LEADelaware is designed to help build the next generation of leaders within the food and fiber sectors that influence our food system, our economy and our environment.

“The development of leaders in today’s agricultural and natural resources fields is more important than ever,” says Dean Mark Rieger of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), which is a lead partner in the program. “Delaware farmers must have the skills to discuss critical issues with public and policy makers at the local, state and even national levels.”

The program consists of ten sessions throughout Delaware and Washington, D.C., as well as an international agricultural visit. Fellows will learn about agriculture, food systems, policymaking and hands-on leadership skills. You can find the calendar under Program Expectations and Calendar.

You can apply by clicking here and downloading the word file or contact Holly Porter at the Delaware Department of Agriculture at or 302-698-4503.

LEADelaware is a partnership between CANR and the Delaware Department of Agriculture, as well as sponsors including MidAtlantic Farm Credit and the Delaware Soybean Board. For more information on the program, visit

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