Applications are now being accepted for Class XI of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.
MARL is a two-year educational experience featuring nine two- and three-day in-state seminars, a six-day national study seminar in Washington, D.C., and a 10- to 14-day international study seminar.
Its mission is to develop the skills of Minnesota’s agricultural and rural leaders so they can maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national and international arenas.
Olga Reuvekamp, MARL executive director, says up to 30 participants will be selected for Class XI. She also noted that the organization will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020.
Applications will be accepted through April 24. The first session for Class XI will be held Nov. 23-24 in St. Cloud.
The MARL curriculum is designed to have immediate applicability for active leaders. Each session features a mix of leadership study, personal skill-building and location-related subject matter.
Most class members of MARL are agricultural producers. Other class members are ag professionals involved in rural and ag-related organizations.
The seminar calendar is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of participants. Most of the activities occur over the winter months. Reuvekamp says applicants from all corners of the state are invited to apply.