Learning to L.E.A.D.: NCFB takes agriculturalists on a two-year journey to hone their leadership skills

The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s L.E.A.D. program is a development initiative that aims to foster and enhance the skills of individuals and couples actively engaged in agricultural production.

In North Carolina, a select group of individuals recently embarked on a transformative journey through the North Carolina Farm Bureau’s L.E.A.D. Program. This two-year odyssey delves deep into the intricate tapestry of agriculture, weaving together countless hours of classroom instruction, enlightening farm tours, and thought-provoking open discussions.

As the L.E.A.D. team explores diverse perspectives during farm visits, they gain insights from California farmers grappling with water issues and universal challenges like rising costs and labor shortages. The contrasting realities serve as a poignant reminder of the preciousness of well-managed water resources back home.

The program has drawn participants like John Grimes, who desired to broaden his skills and gain a deeper understanding of Farm Bureau for the future. Also, Brandon James, who was eager to further his education in agriculture and leadership skills. Heather Stack and Erin, alumni of the young farmer and rancher state committee, found themselves captivated by the L.E.A.D. team’s promise, already envisioning a future application.

Surrounded by a dynamic group of peers and guided by the exceptional North Carolina Farm Bureau staff, participants are set on a course that promises growth, learning, and lifelong connections.

The L.E.A.D. program offers eye-opening opportunities, encouraging participants to actively engage in grassroots efforts. Through meetings, discussions, and networking, lasting connections are forged, enriching the participants’ experiences beyond the structured program.

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