Applications are open through April 15 for the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program for state residents interested in participating in KARL´s Class X.
The two-year program includes study tours, as well as monthly, 48- hour seminars at sites across the state, said KARL director Jack Lindquist. The program schedules its two national seminars and a "capstone" international tour during November through March - production agriculture´s "off season" in Kansas.
"KARL alumni and current class members both have gone out of their way to tell me that the 50-day commitment (over two years) is much more than just well worth the investment. It´s needed in today´s changing and competitive environment," he said.
KARL Class X members will begin training in August with a weekend retreat.
To be considered for the new class, applicants must submit a completed profile form. They can get the form from the Web at www.karlprogram.com or the KARL office at 785-532-6300.
KARL´s board of directors will screen the profiles and select the top 45 applicants to be scheduled for interviews in May. The program will announce its new 30-member Class X on June 1.
The criteria for eligibility are leadership experience and a devotion to Kansas agriculture and rural communities, Lindquist said. But, "dedication to a more positive future is key to being selected."
Tuition for the not-for-profit training program is $1,500 per year or a total of $3,000. KARL donors pay the remainder of the expenses, valued at $15,000 per person.