The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Agricultural Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences leadership program to develop personal and civic leadership skills in North Carolina farmers and agricultural professionals. The program involves in-depth personal leadership assessments with coaching and training in civic leadership, and learning opportunities in North Carolina, the United States, and global agriculture. The two-year program is implemented through seven 3-day sessions in North Carolina, distance learning intersessions, study tours to Washington DC, a U.S. study tour to an agricultural area outside NC, and an international study tour. The program is funded primarily by a $5 million endowment from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Donors and participant fees also fund the program.
Applicants are selected by a competitive application and interview process. Applications for the 2020-2022 program open on February 1st and close March 2nd, 2020. Applications must be submitted online. The 2020-2022 program begins in October 2020 with completion in March 2022. Approximately 25 applicants will be invited to participate in the upcoming program.