The Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program, or TALL, is seeking applicants for its new cohort, which will begin in July.
TALL is a two-year leadership development program managed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Applications for the new cohort, Class XVII, are due March 15.
“The agriculture industry constantly faces new and unique challenges, and there is a need for individuals who have leadership potential to serve in decision-making positions,” said Jim Mazurkiewicz, professor and AgriLife Extension leadership program director. “TALL graduates provide a new pool of proven leaders who can provide the leadership, insight, knowledge and direction to ensure that agriculture is viable in the future.”
The program invests 455 hours of intensive training per person in seminars, speakers and domestic and international study trips over two years, Mazurkiewicz said.
The typical class size is about 26, and participation cost is $3,000.
“The mission of the program is to create a cadre of Texas leaders to ensure effective understanding and encourage positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agriculture industry,” Mazurkiewicz said.
Participants include traditional crop producers, ranchers, bankers and attorneys, as well as those who work in lumber, food processing, agricultural corporations and horticultural industries, he said.
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.