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Rural Leadership North Dakota seeks participants for 10th class
North Dakota Ag Connection - 03/24/2023

North Dakota State University Extension’s Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Program began 20 years ago to develop agricultural and community leaders. This year, RLND is looking for participants for Class X, which begins in November.

“Rural Leadership North Dakota is the premier statewide leadership program in North Dakota,” says Katie Tyler, NDSU RLND program director. “If you are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about yourself, the state, country and world to help move North Dakota forward, we would love to welcome you to Class X of the RLND program.”

The 18-month leadership development program includes seven in-state seminars with experts; tours of agricultural and community businesses and three out-of-state trips (Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis in 2024) to meet with agricultural, business and government leaders; and a trip to another country (destination to be determined) in 2025 to learn about international agricultural and community issues. Previous classes visited Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Thailand, Vietnam, Chile and Spain.

The program helps participants to enhance leadership skills, such as thinking critically and creatively, communicating effectively, self-awareness, decision making, strategic planning and managing conflict. Participants also learn about agricultural and rural policy, the agricultural economy and future trends that could affect North Dakota, finding innovative ways to fund local and regional development projects, marketing, civic engagement, the value of coalitions and partnerships, industry and community advocacy, and how to work with the state Legislature.

In addition, participants create a network of contacts and resources they can continue to tap into for ideas, answers and support long after they graduate from the program.


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