Teens invited to apply for agriculture leadership program

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Wilson County teenagers with an interest in agriculture have less than a month to apply for the Cultivating Future Leaders program offered by Wilson County 4-H.

Applications for the program are due March 1, and participants will tour farms and agribusinesses in North Carolina and Virginia from June 13-15.

“Participants will learn about today and tomorrow’s agricultural trends, technologies, uses, management practices and issues,” wrote Jessica Manning of the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Wilson County office.

Cultivating Future Leaders is intended for youths ages 13-18 who have an agricultural background or are pursuing a career in agriculture. Up to nine participants who are in good academic standing will be selected.

Prospective participants “must go through a rigorous selection process,” Manning notes. That process includes an application, essay and resume.

Application packets will be judged by a panel of agricultural specialists. Selected participants and alternates will be announced by April 1 and will sign participation contracts by April 10.

Those selected for Cultivating Future Leaders will pay a $100 fee to cover participation costs. Manning said program sponsors and donors are defraying the cost of lodging, transportation, meals, insurance, tour fees, DISC personality assessments, T-shirts and name badges.

Application packets are available for download on the Wilson County Cooperative Extension website via this shortened link: http://bit.ly/2EdIANx.

For more information, contact Manning at 252-237-0113 or jessica_manning@ncsu.edu.