NJALDP Class 10 is designed as a two and a half year program in which participants meet for 10 seminars studying the key agriculture and core leadership topics.
Seminar schedule will include:
Participants are expected to commit a total of approximately 35-40 days to program activities over the two-year period. Cost per participant is $3,000 to be paid by the participant and/or a sponsor(s).
NJALDP Participant Comments:
“The more we stick together in the agricultural community, the more we will be able to succeed and inform people of the real issues affecting farms.”
"My experience in the class is highlighted by the people I met and the networks I have created"
Core Topics and Objectives
Communication, marketing, advocacy, and leadership are foun-
dation skills, which are addressed independently of the specific
leadership topics and are strategically interwoven through the en-
tire curriculum. The core topics and objectives are:
• Develop facilitation skills
• Develop interpersonal communication and networking skills
• Sharpen written communication skills
• Develop and sharpen public speaking and presentation skills
• Develop an understanding of marketing concepts, procedures,
and their applications to business growth in the agricultural
• Review and develop an understanding of marketing plans
and their utilization
• Analyze the latest trends in Internet Marketing,
Guerrilla Marketing, Social Media & Mobile Apps
• Enhance Networking & Development of
• Develop network across sectors
• Stay current with relevant agriculture policy issues
• Develop skills to be a change agent in the ag-community
• Develop an understanding of the public policy process
• Develop fundraising strategies and techniques
• Develop increased awareness of self and others
• Develop plans to create a desired future NJ agriculture
• Describe skills for building and developing effective teams,
coalitions and partnerships
• Develop problem solving and conflict management skills
• Develop leadership skills to initiate and foster change
On Site Tours
Field trips and studies of agriculturally-related businesses and industries which enable participants to discover first-hand the problems, issues and solutions in agricultural production, marketing, and financing.
Include key leaders and subject matter experts and group discussions to enhance participants' knowledge and understanding of critical issues for today's agricultural leaders. Seminar topics include leadership, communications skills, economics and policy, government, environment, agricultural organizations and agencies, urban/suburban relations and environmental issues affecting agriculture, such as water, land use and energy.
Meetings with Leaders
Meetings with government and business leaders complement seminars on local, state and national issues. NJALDP participants meet in Trenton and Washington, D.C. for direct exposure to the various political and economic conditions impacting agriculture.