LEADelaware applications due Oct. 27

Agriculture and natural resources professionals may apply
September 4, 2017

LEADelaware, the state's agriculture and natural resources leadership program, is now accepting applications for its fifth fellowship class, which will run for two years starting in January 2018. Applications must be received by Friday, Oct. 27; 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 the food system, the economy and the environment.

"The development of leaders in today's agricultural and natural resources fields is more important than ever," says Michael Scuse, secretary at the Delaware Department of Agriculture, 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 10 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.

Candidates must be residents of Delaware or work in Delaware agriculture or natural resources for at least two years. This includes farmers, growers, industry suppliers, agribusiness employees and government agency professionals. For more information or an application, go to or contact Grace Wisser at the University of Delaware at or 302-831-4722.

LEADelaware is a partnership between University of Delaware's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Delaware Department of Agriculture, as well as sponsors including MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. and the Delaware Soybean Board.


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