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Time to Apply for ClassXVI of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program is Now- We Talk with Edmund Bonjour of OALP

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:01:23 CDT

Time to Apply for ClassXVI of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program is Now- We Talk with Edmund Bonjour of OALP Oklahomans who are engaged in the agricultural industry and are looking for a way to enhance their leadership skills should consider applying for the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program Class XVI.

Since its inception in 1982, OALP has graduated 427 participants and continues to grow and offer class members new and exciting opportunities, said Edmond Bonjour, OALP director. Bonjour talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the chance for men and women to sign up for Class XVI- and you can hear that conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

"Our overall objective for the OALP is to further develop emerging leaders for Oklahoma agriculture," Bonjour said. "We develop our leaders through a series of seminars and study tours over a 20-month period. We also expose participants to cutting-edge changes that are occurring in the agriculture industry and agri-business."

OALP has been recognized as one of Oklahoma's top leadership programs for emerging agricultural leaders. The program is open to Oklahoma men and women between the ages of 25 and 45 who are engaged in production agriculture or a related agricultural business. Bonjour says that the upper end of the range- 45- is really just a guideline and that if someone is over that age, but would like to apply- their ability to improve their leadership skills and have the potential to serve Oklahoma agriculture will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Applications for OALP's Class XVI are available online by clicking here. The deadline for submitting an application and letters of reference is May 1. Those interested are encouraged to apply early. The class size is limited to 30 participants.

Bonjour said the 20-month program consists of 11 three-day seminars and study tours within Oklahoma, a week-long seminar in Washington, D.C., and a two-week international experience near the end of the program. There is a small tuition fee to be a part of ClassXVI, $2000 for the 20 month experience, but that the dollar value of these seminars and travel experiences are estimated to be $16,000- and in reality, the value of broadening your horizons and networking with other agricultural leaders statewide multiplies that value many times over.

If you are a full time production agriculturalist(farmer or rancher), you may also be eligbible for a discount in tuition costs.

According to Bonjour, "We have three basic objectives in OALP. First, the program is designed to help potential leaders develop a deeper and fuller appreciation of people. While members of previous classes began the program with some leadership skills, they completed the class with an even broader understanding and appreciation of people throughout the United States and the world."

The second objective of the program is designed to help potential leaders develop a better understanding of basic systems of economics and government. Many of the opportunities and problems facing agriculture today are economic in nature. In addition, many of the solutions to economic problems and economic opportunities exist beyond the borders of Oklahoma and beyond the boundaries of the United States.

The third objective is to help OALP participants utilize their understanding of people and their knowledge of systems of economics and government to solve problems and exploit opportunities for the state's agricultural industry.

OALP's Class XV recently returned from a two-week trip to Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The group enjoyed many agricultural related activities, including visiting sheep, beef and dairy farms. Click here for the news stories that Ron Hays generated while traveling with the group in February of this year.



Ron hays talks with Edmund Bonjour of OALP about applications for Class XVI of the program.
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