Class VI Calendar

The Program Directors and Curriculum Committee aim to deliver sessions that are enjoyable, fun and educational, as Fellows address some tough realities of the industry. Fellows will learn from a variety of teaching techniques including lectures, tours and field visits, role playing, discussions, assessments, hands-on learning, reading assignments, and projects. Fellows will learn new skills and will be encouraged to practice utilizing the training, new contacts and networking opportunities, resources, information, and leadership examples.

Lessons for each session will be based on industry-related themes or topics and also include at least one segment about leadership. Fellows will travel the state, surrounding region and abroad to learn about the economics, history, citizens, leaders, agriculture, natural resources, and current issues of the location. LEADelaware sponsoring organizations are offered the opportunity to speak with the class on emerging issues affecting their organizations and companies.

A tentative agenda for Class VI follows.  Please use this for planning purposes and ensure you are available to attend all sessions.  Seminar topics and locations are described in very broad terms and more detailed objectives will be shared with the class prior to each session.  Session topics may be adjusted based on the needs and interests of the participants in this specific class or in response to current news or developing issues pertinent to agriculture, natural resources, or rural communities.



General Overview



Jan. 27-29, 2020

Introduction to LEADelaware, policy and procedures; Overview of Delaware agriculture and programs; Personality Assessment; Effective Introductions; Group Techniques; Leadership Fundamentals; Fellow Introductions Rehoboth Beach; OVERNIGHT


Mar. 31 – Apr. 1, 2020

Ag Science and Research: Delaware Biotechnology Institute, Allen Biotechnology Lab; Ethics; Effective Presentations; Team-building Activity

Newark;    OVERNIGHT


April 28-29, 2020

Animal Production: with a focus on the poultry industry cradle to table; Conflict; Conflict Resolution Styles; Strategies for Effective Communication

Georgetown and Dover;

No overnight


Aug. 12-13, 2020

Crop Production: vegetables, grains, alternative markets, precision agriculture, irrigation management; Leadership Styles


No overnight


Oct. 21-22, 2020

Climate Change; Natural Resources; Forestry; Horticulture – ornamentals and nursery; Change Leadership;
International Trip Selection

Dover and Smyrna;

No overnight


Jan. 20-21, 2021

State Public Policy: legislative process; legislator and government perspectives; planning and land use; Parliamentary Procedure; Networking; Ag Industry Dinner


No overnight


Mid-March 2021 (dates TBD)

National Public Policy: US Department of Agriculture, legislative visits, embassy visit; Advocating Washington D.C.; OVERNIGHT


Aug. 10-11, 2021

Food Systems: overview, local, urban and export/import;Diversity Newark and Wilmington; OVERNIGHT


Oct. 5-6, 2021

Equine Industry; Media Skills Workshop

Kent County;

No overnight


Winter 2020 (dates TBD)

International Study Trip TBD


One month after International Study

Formal graduation with keynote speaker and presentation from the Fellows TBD

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