Leadership At Its Best

Leadership At Its Best

Syngenta’s Leadership At Its Best program (LAIB), has trained over 600 grower leaders since 1986. Preparing these corn association and checkoff leaders to deliver the high level of service necessary for corn associations to achieve their goals and for the corn sector to lead American agriculture is vital for our association.


In 2019, Syngenta redesigned LAIB to be a cross-commodity leadership program bringing together a diverse group of 50 farmers across all the commodity programs they support. The program is designed to provide state corn grower leaders with advanced leadership training and the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level.


This week-long training will begin in Raleigh, North Carolina where participants will cover:

  • Understanding Your Personality and Leadership Styles

  • Media Training: How to communicate with media, develop relationships and sell a story

  • Policy Briefings

  • Q & A with Syngenta seed and crop protection staff.


Participants will travel from Raleigh, NC to Washington, D.C. for more in-depth workshops on:

  • Developing a Personal Advocacy Plan

  • Lobbying 201

  • Congressional meetings with your representative and senators

  • Role of social media advocacy

  • Hosting successful field days.


“I went through an earlier LAIB class but having different Ag groups involved together was excellent.  Great way to learn and network with fellow agricultural groups at one time.  The media training and Capitol Hill visits were excellent.” - Dan L Nerud


“The LAIB program far exceeded any expectations that I had coming in.  All the seminars and training were top notch.  I would encourage all leaders in agriculture to experience the program.” - Brian Brown


Program Calendar

2021 Session Dates: RESCHEDULED to Summer 2022

July 25 - 29, 2022


How to apply

Growers must be nominated by their state corn grower association. Please contact Sadie Lackey for further information regarding the application process.