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I-LEAD is a two-year program to provide Iowa’s emerging leaders with the tools they need to succeed as leaders and spokespeople for the agriculture industry.  

The online application and two submitted recommendation forms (emailed to are due by July 6, 2020.  

Why I-LEAD? 

Iowa’s agriculture leadership today is built on generations of individuals who have made agriculture their passion – not just their job. The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) recognize that the future of Iowa agriculture depends on developing new leaders who share the same passion for advocating and progressing the industry.  

An I-LEAD graduate will be able to: 

  • Describe the value of grassroots leadership, which includes knowing how to get involved and having the personal skills to work effectively as a leader. 

  • Define his or her personal leadership style by identifying the diversity of leadership styles and how people with different styles work together. 

  • Develop a working knowledge of Iowa Corn and other key organizations that agriculture can work with to broaden perspectives and build coalitions. 

  • Create a working knowledge of the agriculture industry and economy in Iowa and Iowa’s place in the world agriculture economy. 

  • Communicate messages about agriculture by locating evidence, formulating key points, and effectively conversing through written or verbal communication. 


Who should apply? 

Men and women who are involved in production agriculture, the food and agriculture industry, agriculture media, or education and government, are all encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants who have been in their chosen profession for two or more years and to those who feel they can contribute to Iowa agriculture. I-LEAD class members come from diverse backgrounds and share a common commitment to the future of agriculture in Iowa. 

I-LEAD class members must commit to attending all sessions and be able to: 

  • Prepare as needed for class sessions 

  • Actively participate in discussions 

  • Be willing to approach new ideas and experiences 

  • Be a team player 

  • Be able to communicate via email and attend scheduled meetings and conference calls 



Class 10 will meet for ten sessions. Most sessions meet in Iowa for two days (typically Thursday-Friday). Two sessions are five – six days to accommodate for activities outside of Iowa. Depending on class discussion and decisions, a third session may be incorporated to involve international travel. 

Tentative Class 10 Meeting Dates: 

  • November 19-20, 2020 

  • January 21-22,2021 

  • March 18-19, 2021 

  • July 13-16, 2021- Congress/Delmarva Tour (four days) 

  • August 2021 

  • November 2021- Domestic Mission (four days) 

  • January 27-28, 2022 

  • March 2022 (may be replaced with International Trade Mission) 

  • June 23-24, 2022 

  • August 2022 

  • Attend 1 Iowa Corn meeting or event each year (TBD) 

*25 days plus international mission if the classes chooses.  



The costs associated with I-LEAD educational programs, lodging, and meals are paid by ICPB and ICGA, as is transportation and expenses to U.S. locations. I-LEAD class members are responsible for the cost of travel to and from I-LEAD sessions within Iowa and fundraising for the international trade mission, should they decide to include that element. 


I-LEAD Class 10 Application Process: 

  • Complete and submit the online application by July 6, 2020  

  • Have one personal and one business recommendation form emailed to Lindsay Calvert at by July 6, 2020. You can request the recommendation form by emailing Lindsay Calvert or accessing it here.    


Personal and Business I-LEAD Recommendation Forms: 

  • All applicants MUST provide a personal and business I-LEAD recommendation form for their application to be complete. 

  • A generic letter of recommendation will not be accepted. All applicants MUST turn in the provided recommendation form.  


Selection Process: 

  • A selection committee will review all completed applications and select applicants to be interviewed on July 22-23 at the Iowa Corn office or over videocall based on CDC and government recommendations on social distancing protocol.  

  • Selected applicants will be asked to sign a letter to attend all sessions (approx. 35 days in total). 

  • Class members who are not self-employed will need to submit a letter from their employer allowing them to attend all sessions. 

  • Spouses of selected class members will also be asked to sign a letter of support. 

  • Up to 24 individuals will be selected for I-LEAD Class 9 and all applicants will be notified by August 24, 2020 if they have been chosen. 


The online application and two submitted recommendation forms (emailed to are due by July 6, 2020.  


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