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Apply to be an Eisenhower Agriculture Fellow

April 13, 2014
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
 
 

Farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to explore agricultural issues via an international experience.

Think about how your life and farm would be changed if you could study agricultural issues in another country.

Eisenhower Fellowships, an international leadership organization chaired by General Colin L. Powell, is seeking active farmers or ranchers to take part in a unique international opportunity. Since 1993, Eisenhower Fellowships has welcomed 23 farmers and ranchers into its international network of more than 2,000 leaders from all sectors across the globe.

The successful applicants receive a custom-designed program overseas for five weeks in one or two countries where he or she will explore agricultural issues in order to enhance their own leadership capabilities in the field of agriculture.

In addition to the overseas program, they will attend an orientation as well as a closing seminar in Philadelphia, with a group of 35 Eisenhower Fellows from the U.S. and throughout the world. Jim Moseley, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture chairs EF’s Agriculture Program and leads a Steering Committee of prominent leaders in the field of agriculture.

Applicants must be:

  • an active farmer or rancher
  • at least 32 years old
  • have demonstrated leadership experience
  • be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • and be committed to 15–20 years of further active leadership in agriculture


After their overseas experience, Agriculture Fellows return to the U.S. with enhanced leadership skills and up-to-the-minute knowledge of agricultural trends and methods in other countries. They go on to speak at conferences, write for agriculture related media, work with international agriculture specialists, and attain leadership roles in associations and organizations, often on a state or national level.

If you are a leader in agriculture, and could benefit from international exposure and a world class network to enhance your leadership role, we invite you to consider applying for an Eisenhower Agriculture Fellowship. Recruitment is currently open and will end on June 13.

For more information, and application materials, visit: www.efworld.org/our-programs/usa.
 

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