(Posted Tue. Oct 27th, 2015)

Only days remain to apply for the third class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program.  Apply by the October 30 deadline to be a part of this innovative program, designed for corn growers who are newly active or considering involvement in agriculture leadership, that helps build communications skills and increases the personal effectiveness of agvocates.


Ideal participants will be farming couples or individuals from NCGA’s affiliated states, particularly those considering (or new to) a board position. Those interested must be at least 21 years of age, active in corn farming, NCGA members and not currently serving as an officer on their state affiliate board.


“The program has encouraged me to be more involved to make a difference,” said Michael Howlett, a New York farmer and member of the 2015 class. “It was well worth the time and energy, and I will be more involved from this point forward, due to the New Leaders Program.”


One couple or up to two single persons per NCGA-affiliated state will be selected to participate in this hands-on communications and leadership training sponsored by DuPont. The program includes two plenary sessions, with the first in Iowa in February 2016 and the second in Washington in July 2016.


Applications are due Friday, Oct. 30. Following the deadline, NCGA will review all applications and forward to the appropriate state affiliate association for approval. Participants accepted for the program will be notified in November. All program-related travel and lodging expenses will be covered, per NCGA policy and procedures. For more information and/or to register, visit