I-LEAD Class 6 Applications Now Being Accepted
Iowa men and women with a commitment to the future of Iowa agriculture and an interest in developing their leadership potential are invited to apply for Class 6 of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development Program (I-LEAD), sponsored by the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB).
“Iowa’s agriculture industry is built on generations of individuals who made agriculture their cause, not just their job,” said Bob Hemesath, chairman of the Iowa Corn Grassroots Network Membership & Checkoff Committee and a corn farmer from Calmar. “The ICPB and the ICGA recognize the future of agriculture depends on developing new leaders with passion.”
Each I-LEAD class meets for a series of nine workshops over a two-year period to build leadership skills. Sessions provide skills training and practice in areas such as communications, decision-making and an international trade mission. Featured speakers who help class members expand their understanding of Iowa agriculture and its place in the world.
“The skills that I learned as a member of I-LEAD have been very useful today as a leader within Iowa Corn as well as in other areas,” said Kevin Rempp, ICPB Vice Chair, a farmer from Montezuma and a member of I-LEAD Class 1. "The I-Lead program is an extremely valuable tool to develop grassroots leaders for agriculture, helping to ensure a bright future for farming and agribusiness in Iowa.”
Iowa men and women who are involved in production agriculture, the food and agriculture industry, agriculture media, education and government are all encouraged to apply. To participate, candidates must be Iowa residents and commit to attend all nine sessions.
I-LEAD application forms and details are available at www.iowacorn.org/ilead or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applying is June 29. Class 6 participants will be announced in early September.