Applications for the 2023 Leadership Farm Bureau Class are now being accepted.
Leadership Farm Bureau is a 10-month leadership development program sponsored by the California Farm Bureau and is the one program in Farm Bureau that is specifically designed to invest in emerging Farm Bureau leaders. Each session provides perspective and training in the areas of personal development, human behavior, public speaking, working with the media, political advocacy, government structure, key political issues and the Farm Bureau organization and structure.
The ideal candidate for LFB is a board member of a county Farm Bureau, YF&R State Committee member or county Farm Bureau staff member who is interested in taking a larger leadership role within the organization.
Farm Bureau will provide more than 250 hours of instruction during seven sessions. Meetings will vary according to each month’s agenda, but each session runs approximately three days.
Activities include both a California and a Washington, D.C., lobbying session. Participants will review development and implementation of state and national policies in meetings with key legislative, administrative and regulatory officials.
Participants will develop and enhance their leadership skills through media training, public speaking, business etiquette, negotiation skills, time management and team building workshops.
A special focus is given to issues affecting farmers and ranchers in California, across the nation and on a global level. Participants will receive in-depth issues training from industry experts and will have an opportunity to travel within various regions of California for a firsthand look at the similarities and differences of agriculture across the state.