Thursday, February 26, 2009

Leadership Idaho

David Patrick Selected For Leadership Idaho Agriculture Program

Boise--Twin Falls Farmer and long time Twin Falls County Farm Bureau member David Patrick was one of just 30 people selected to take part in this years Leadership Idaho Agriculture program.

The LIA program was established in 1985 under the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. In 1993, the LIA Foundation was established. Direction of the LIA program is now under the leadership of the Foundation Board of Trustees. The program is dedicated to helping Idaho rural leaders chart a course for their personal future as well as the future of their industry.

The 30 individuals selected from across the state participate in four intensive leadership training workshops offered twice yearly. Participants develop leadership skills through:

EDUCATION - The opportunity to comprehend the various economic, social and political forces impacting Idaho agriculture and rural communities including current and future technologies critical to the industry.

DISCUSSION - The opportunity for in-depth consideration of global, national, and state issues which affect Idaho agriculture.
UNDERSTANDING - The opportunity to share opinions and objectives with a diverse group of people representing agricultural interests.
PARTICIPATION - The opportunity to interact and network with Idaho's current leaders, class participants, and alumni to strengthen the future and image of agriculture.

Program Objectives
1. Improve personal leadership skills, enhance self-confidence, and develop agriculture and natural resource awareness.
2. Encourage a network of leaders to take an active leadership role in community, state, and national issues.
3. Promote Idaho agriculture and the development of strong rural communities.
4. Continue to build a network of informed, trained, and motivated rural leaders in Idaho.

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