Applications for KARL Class X Open Through April 15

KARL program includes study tours, seminars, international travel.

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.

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