North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Agricultural Leadership Development Program – 2014-16

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission announce the 2014-2016 North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Agricultural Leadership Development Program. This two-year program is designed to develop the leadership skills of up to 30 young agriculturists who exhibit leadership potential. The participants will be representative of the diverse agriculture and agribusiness of North Carolina. The program consists of seven 2 ½ day seminars, a legislative study tour to Washington, D.C., an international study tour, and a U.S. study-tour.


To grow leaders for North Carolina agriculture through personal and civic leadership development.


The Agricultural Leadership Development Program will help participants:

  • Understand their leadership potential and enhance their personal leadership skills;
  • Understand problems and policies related to agricultural commodities and agricultural-related issues;
  • Develop a better understanding of people, their environments, and their personal and group aspirations;
  • Build an understanding of the public policy development process and prepare individuals to participate in that process;
  • Analyze and work in teams to solve complex agricultural problems relating to agricultural production, people, the environment, and the state and world economies;
  • Enhance their ability to provide leadership in the resolution of agricultural issues;
  • Improve their ability to communicate to both large and small groups, while increasing confidence in working with people;
  • Improve their ability to manage a farm and related agribusiness in a competitive global economy;
  • Establish a basis for lifelong development by stimulating a desire for independent study and learning.

The Program

The social, economic and political changes affecting agriculture and rural communities pose a challenge for farmers and rural leaders. Potential leaders in agriculture must be identified and trained to assume leadership roles. They must be prepared to address the issues between rural and urban interests, to participate actively in issues affecting agriculture and to foster unity among agricultural interests. The Agricultural Leadership Development Program of North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is designed to prepare 30 outstanding young agriculturalists for such challenges. The program is funded by an endowment from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

Throughout the program, participants will focus on important agricultural issues they have identified for North Carolina and their communities. While focusing on agricultural issues participants will experience leading edge leadership assessments and tools. Training focuses on the following areas of personal and civic leadership development:

  • Mastering Self
  • Mastering an Understanding of Agriculture’s Environment
  • Mastering Relationships
  • Managing Social and Organizational Action
  • Enhancing Participants’ Understanding of Global and National Aspects of Agriculture

Throughout the program, leaders from government, commodity and farm organizations interact with the participants on issues and leadership opportunities

Program Cost

Income from an endowment from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission pays for program costs including educational materials, lodging, study tours travel expense and some meals. Participants pay a registration fee of $800, due at the second seminar, to help defray expenses.

Program Leadership

The program is directed by Dr. Blake Brown, Professor and Extension Economist, and Dr. W.K. Collins, Professor Emeritus and program founder. Leadership modules are led by Dr. Lanny Hass and Ms. Eleanor Stell. Lanny and Eleanor combined have over 50 years of leadership development experience with University faculty, farmers, agribusinesses and corporate clienteles all over the world. Their comprehensive teaching styles and methods bring results in your professional and personal life.


Active farmers, agribusiness professionals and related agriculture professionals who are NC residents are eligible to apply. NC State University promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination and harassment based upon one’s age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation and veteran status.

Selection Process

Selection is by a program committee. Potential candidates selected from applicants by the program committee will be interviewed before selection of the final slate of participants. Personal interviews will be conducted with applicants/spouses and work supervisors to insure they understand the expectations of the program and time commitment required. Interviews will be conducted at the work place or at the home of the applicant. Those selected to participate will be announced in early September 2014.

Seminar Initiation

The first 2 ½ day seminar will be held in Raleigh October 28-30, 2014. All seminars and trips will be during the months of October, November, December, January, and February, with the program being completed with a graduation weekend in March 2016.


You may download editable or print-only versions of the application online. Applications should be mailed to Blake Brown c/o Carolyn Bunn, CALS Advancement, NC State University, Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645 and emailed to Receipt of each application will be acknowledged. If you have questions, please contact Blake Brown at or 919 515-4536.

Applicants are encouraged to communicate with several of the 214 NC residents who have been participants in one of the ten previous Agricultural Leadership Programs from 1984-2014.

Previous Leadership Program Participants from North Carolina Classes 1984-86, 1986-88, 1989-91, 1992-94, 1996-98, 1999-2001, 2002-04, 2005-07, 2008-10, 2012-14

*Jamie Ager Elm City, NC
William Andrews Fuquay Varina, NC
Linda Andrews Fuquay Varina, NC
Andrew Arnold Washington, NC
John Ashe Reidsville, NC
*David Askew Fairview, NC
*Amanda Aycock Louisburg, NC
James Barbour Clayton, NC
John Barnes Spring Hope, NC
***Brandon Batten Four Oaks, NC
Charlie Batten Four Oaks, NC
*Stan Biconish Fuquay-Varina, NC
**Scott Bissette Spring Hope, NC
*John Bizic Winterville, NC
Bill Blackman Wilson, NC
Jonathan Bone Nashville, NC
Donnie Boyette Kenly, NC
*Art Bradley Rocky Mount, NC
Phil Bradley Sanford, NC
Preston Britt Lumberton, NC
***Jeffrey Broadaway Monroe, NC
Talmadge Burgess Jr. Henderson, NC
*Andrew Burleson New London, NC
David Burns Laurel Hill, NC
***Ann Camden Raleigh, NC
Bill Cameron, Jr. Raeford, NC
Kelly Carlton Wilson, NC
Billy Carter Eagle Springs, NC
John Clapp Greensboro, NC
**Michael Clapp Gibsonville, NC
***Scott Clayton Cedar Grove, NC
Jody Clemmons Supply, NC
**Eileen Coite Goldsboro, NC
Rodney Coleman Wilson, NC
James Crews Oxford, NC
***DeShon Cromartie Hillsborough, NC
Amy Dalrymple Sanford, NC
Tommy Dalrymple Sanford, NC
David Davenport Greenville, NC
Charles Davenport Greenville, NC
Lawrence Davenport Greenville, NC
Max Denning Benson, NC
*Sam Dobson Statesville, NC
Dennis Durham Four Oaks, NC
Jack Edmondson Jr. Maury, NC
Julie Edwards Bladenboro, NC
Scott Edwards Bladenboro, NC
**Dave Elkin Faison, NC
**Angelo Enoch Burlington, NC
***John Fleming Halifax, NC
**Elizabeth Foster Roper, NC
**Allison Fowler Raleigh, NC
**Daniel Fowler Roanoke Rapids, NC
Mike Gaster Sanford, NC
Walt Gerard Washington, NC
Howard Gentry King, NC
***Richard Goforth Monroe, NC
Steve Grady Mt. Olive, NC
McRay Greene, Jr. Walnut Cove, NC
***Matthew Grissom Henderson, NC
***Benjamin Haines Elizabeth City, NC
Bobby Ham Snow Hill, NC
*Tim Hambrick Dobson, NC
***Farrah Hargett Monroe, NC
Charles Harrell Stantonsburg, NC
Norman Harrell Lucama, NC
Norris Harrell Macclesfield, NC
*David Hartman Walnut Cove, NC
David Haynes Dobson, NC
**David Heath Dover, NC
David Hinnant Kenly, NC
Kenneth Hinnant Kenly, NC
Russell Horton Hurdle Mills, NC
**Chase Hubbard Asheville, NC
*Jeremy Hudson Newton Grove, NC
***Joshua Hudson Newton Grove, NC
Pelmon Hudson, Jr. Turkey, NC
James Huggins Clarkton, NC
Brent Hunter Yadkinville, NC
**John Isley Reidsville, NC 27320
*John Ivey Mount Olive, NC
**Major Ivey Mt. Olive, NC
Rouse Ivey Mt. Olive, NC
**Jennifer Johnson Pikeville, NC
*Kevin Johnson Pikeville, NC
***Teresa Johnson Mocksville, NC
Tony Jones Mount Olive, NC
**Thomas Joyner Rocky Mount, NC
Whitney King Ash, NC
*Kevin Kinlaw Bladenboro, NC
***Emily Lancaster Pittsboro, NC
Dudley Langdon Angier, NC
Sandy Langdon Dunn, NC
Jerome Lanier Burgaw, NC
***Summer Lanier Wallace, NC
**Adam Lassiter Conway, NC
*Donny Lassiter Conway, NC
***Mark Lassiter Conway, NC
A.K. Leach Jr. Raeford, NC
Brent Leggett Nashville, NC
*Susan Leggett Nashville, NC
**Cody Lewis Fuquay-Varina, NC
Dan Lewis Orrum, NC
Dwight Little Durham, NC
Craig Lovette Lumberton, NC
Lex Mann Jr Washington, NC
**Gregory Manning Nashville, NC
**Brandon Marshall Engelhard, NC
Charlie McClenny Mt. Olive, NC
Allen McLaurin Laurel Hill, NC
John McLawhorn Hookerton, NC
**Roland McReynolds Pittsboro, NC
*Richard Melton Wadesboro, NC
Miles Mercer Jr. Lumberton NC
James Morris Colerain, NC
Mann Mullen Bunn, NC
Morris Murphy Albertson, NC
Paul Myers Blanch, NC
Daniel Nelson Warsaw, NC
*Kelvin Norris Princeton, NC
James Overton Creedmoor, NC
***Andrew Parker Angier, NC
Dale Parker Pfafftown, NC
***David Parrish Princeton, NC
Keith Parrish Benson, NC
Jimmy Pate Rowland NC
*Jeff Peed Aurora, NC
Raeford Pernell Warrenton, NC
***Pate Pierce Ahoskie, NC
Stuart Pierce, Jr. Ahoskie, NC
Elbert Pitt Macclesfield, NC
*Tom Porter Rocky Mount, NC
***Kelley Precythe Faison, NC
**Rodney Purser Marshville, NC
James Radford Mount Airy, NC
Melvin Ray, Jr. Whiteville, NC
***Shivaugn Rayl Pittsboro, NC
***Bryan Redfern Indian Trail, NC
Richard Renegar Harmony, NC
**Jeremy Rhodes Four Oaks, NC
***Suzanne Rhodes Four Oaks, NC
Alton Roberson Kinston, NC
Mark Ross Williamston, NC
Kenneth Rudd Greensboro, NC
***McCray Sadler Edenton, NC
Larry Sampson Rowland, NC
**Chris Sawyer Greenville, NC
Dave Sawyer, Jr. Greenville, NC
*Dewey Scott Lucama, NC
Linwood Scott III Lucama, NC
Zane Sells Kernersville, NC
Thaddeus Sharp IV Sims, NC
Thomas Shaw III Henderson, NC
Clay Shields Scotland Neck, NC
*George Simpson Beaufort, NC
*Billy Slade, Jr. Windsor, CO
Anthony Smith Pink Hill, NC
Gary Smith Yadkinville, NC
Bill Smith Cary, NC
***Marth Smith Durham, NC
Randy Smith Deep Run, NC
Arlie Snider Mt. Airy, NC
Bryant Spivey Smithfield, NC
*Suzanne Stallings Elizabeth City, NC
Wiley Stancill Ayden, NC
**Manley Stovall Sandy Ridge, NC
Michael “Bo” Stone Rowland, NC
Clay Strickland Clinton, NC
***Clint Strickland Salemburg, NC
Reginald Strickland Mount Olive, NC
**Jarman Sullivan Faison, NC
Jay Sullivan Faison, NC
***Grace Summers Brown Summit, NC
*Lee Swinson Mount Olive, NC
Victor Swinson Mount Olive, NC
**Elizabeth Taylor Whitakers, NC
Winslow Tew Albertson, NC
***Dale Threatt-Taylor Raleigh, NC
Mark Tucker Madison, NC
Ralph Tucker, Jr. Greenville, NC
Jeff Turlington Coats, NC
Kent Turlington Coats, NC
*Jeff Tyson Nashville, NC
Kerry Venable Belews Creek, NC
*Kerry Venable II Belews Creek, NC
Linwood Vick Wilson, NC
Betty Vollmer Bunn, NC
John Vollmer Bunn, NC
*Stacy Walker Mocksville, NC
*Keith Waller Mount Olive, NC
Bobby Walls Jr. Goldsboro, NC
Danny Walters Fairmont, NC
Dan Ward Clarkton, NC
**Brad Warren Faison, NC
*Brandon Warren Clinton, NC
**Brian Warren Newton Grove, NC
***Bartley Warren Newton Grove, NC
***Logan Watson Monroe, NC
Mark Wellons Princeton, NC
William Whaley, Jr. Kinston, NC
Faylene Whitaker Climax, NC
Richard Whitaker Climax, NC
Shane Whitaker Climax, NC
Garland Whitford, Jr. Ernul, NC
Scottie Whitford Grantsboro, NC
***Brittany Whitmire Brevard, NC
Joseph Wiggins, Jr. Trenton, NC
**Ashley Williams Raleigh, NC
Ernest Winstead Nashville, NC
**Alton Wood Elizabeth City, NC
Allen Wooten Burgaw, NC
Larry Wooten Raleigh, NC
Bryant Worley Princeton, NC
Harold Wright Bladenboro, NC

*2005-07 Program Participants from North Carolina

**2008-10 Program Participants from North Carolina

***2012-14 Program Participants from North Carolina



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