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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; applicants 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.
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 http://sites.udel.edu/leadelaware.
One of our speakers at our first session was Secretary Rita Landgraf from Health & Social Services. She leads the largest agency in Delaware, manages hundreds of programs for Delawarean’s and has a 30 member leadership team to coordinate. During her talk, she gave some tips to the Fellows that she has learned along the way.
- Expectations – With that many people to manage and organize, it’s important to set some expectations, so that people know what you are wanting from them.
- Effective Follower – in order to be a great leader, you also have to know when to follow.
- Three P’s – Perseverance, Persistence and Passion – use those to keep you moving forward.
- Be the Tree – if something is part of your core values, then stand tall, like a mighty tree; if something is simply an issue of style, learn to bend like the branches.
- Mentor – if you aren’t sure if it’s a standing tall or bending moment, ask a mentor.
These may sound like simple tips, but she confessed that it has taken her many years to understand them, and she still struggles at times.
What are the core values that make you stand tall? Let us know.
We’ve been busy with back-to-back sessions in February, March and April, so we apologize for the delay in posts. In March we were excited to visit Washington D.C. and talk with lobbyists from DuPont, American Farm Bureau and the National Association of State Departments of Ag, visited our legislative assistants, had a tour of the Capitol and White House, met with representatives from the United States Humane Society, had our photo taken with USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse (a good ole’ Delaware farm boy) and met up with ag leadership fellows from New Jersey. SSSHHH, it was a busy three days.
Check out some of the great photos from our trip by clicking here.