Class 13 of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program (CALP) will be meeting next week for their third program seminar.

Class 13 of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program (CALP) will be meeting next week for their third program seminar.

The 18 participants of Class 13, hailing from across Colorado and the agriculture spectrum, will convene in Fort Morgan June 25-27 for a full curriculum of leadership development, industry tours and experiential learning.

Curriculum traditionally includes training in communications, leadership, personal development and learning the issues in agriculture. The Fort Morgan seminar will be no exception with communication development entailing social media training from author, consultant and International speaker Andrea Vahl. Leadership development will take the form of a talk on "Challenging Opposing Views" from Michael Martin of Colorado State University. Ag issues and tours will include a tour of Quail Ridge Dairy, learning about water issues along the Lower South Platte River from Jim Yann, a tour of an aerial crop dusting applicator facility, Aero Applicators, a tour of the Cargill plant and a tour of a 400,000 bushel grain facility and wheat farming operation.

The class will also be working together in committees to define the vision for the upcoming Governor's Ag Forum in 2018, developing personal projects that will take place throughout their time in the program, and learning about the oil and gas industry in northeastern Colorado.

Additionally, on Monday evening, June 26, at 6 p.m., CALP Alumni will gather at Aero Applicators in Sterling for an evening of networking, reminiscing and an opportunity to meet CALP Class 13 for the first time.

Throughout the next two years, the class will travel across the state of Colorado to learn about agriculture issues facing the state as a whole, and study challenges and opportunities specific to local regions. In doing so, Class 13 will also develop knowledge and skills necessary to address these challenges as future leaders in the state's second largest industry. The curriculum includes a national trip to Washington, D.C., and an international travel experience in the fall of 2018.

CALP would like to thank some of our sponsors, Colorado Livestock Association, Colorado Potato Administration and Colorado State University and alumni event sponsors Aero Applicators, Lauren and Darren Dever of h2 Enterprises, Knapp Farms and Johnson & Associates.