Agricultural Leadership Program

May 6th – June 3rd, 2022 – Yakima, WA

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA), Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and Washington State University (WSU) are excited to launch the Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP). ALP is a comprehensive bilingual training program designed to enhance leadership skills of farm supervisors and managers, by providing them with the knowledge and tools to effectively administer their tasks related to labor, new technology, safety, economics, regulations, and others.

This three-month long program starts with 40 hours of pre-determined base courses (1 day a week for 5 weeks) taught by highly qualified and experienced trainers, followed by a mentorship plan. We will coordinate with farm employers and course participants to implement the knowledge gained in this course on day-to-day operations. Participants will graduate after they complete their program and give a final presentation, and will receive an ALP Certificate from WSTFA, WSDA and WSU.

Focus areas will include:

When: Fridays, May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and June 3rd       Time: 8am-5pm

June 3rd – Networking reception from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Mentorship plan continues after week 5. Graduation will be on Friday, August 5th, 2022.

Where: Holiday Inn Yakima, 802 East Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901

Note: May 20th- will be a field day at WSU-Roza experimental farm (Prosser, WA)

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Participants must have at least 2 years of experience in a supervisory position to participate in ALP and must complete the entire 3-month training program to receive their ALP Certificate. We recommend participants to identify a mentor they can work with during the course; however, we can also provide one if needed. Upper management commitment is encouraged for the successful completion of this program.

Space is limited to 15 people per class to facilitate interaction. Registration will be limited to one (1) person per company, and will close on Monday, April 25th, 2022. Please indicate the language of preference (English or Spanish) at the time of registration. This course is subsidized by WSDA support through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, award #K3651. Full payment of $350 course fee must be made at the time of registration.  The registration fee is non-refundable.  Lunch, course materials and refreshments will be provided each training day.

We ask participants to please stay home and notify us if they feel sick. This training will be conducted by the state in accordance with state COVID-19 safety standards for small meetings of this kind**.

If you have questions about registration, please contact Joanne Rouse at 509-665-9641 or joanne@wstfa.org. For questions about the program please contact Juanita Silva at alp.juanita@gmail.com,  Jacqui Gordon at jacqui@wstfa.org,  or Ofelio Borges at oborges@agr.wa.gov.