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The application period for the 2024-2026 program opened on December 1st, 2023 and close on February 29th, 2024. 

The application for the program can be found at this linkPlease keep in mind that this is a competitive selection process so do your best and we encourage you to brag about yourself! Some individuals find it best to craft their responses to the questions in a word document and then copy/paste them into the application. We will receive many more applications than we can accept so you must provide answers that showcase who you are.

Once you submit your application, you should receive a confirmation with a copy of your responses. You will also receive a confirmation email in a 2-3 business days from the program assistant.  If you do not receive a confirmation email after a week, please contact Dr. Morgan ( 

**Tentative Dates for the 2024-2026 Program:

2024: October 8-10, November 12-14, December 10-12

2025: Late January/Early February (Brazil), March 4-6, October 7 -9, November (DC), December 9-11, January 20-22, February (Domestic), March (Graduation)

Link to APPLY for 2024-2026 NCTTFC ALDP Program:


Eligible participants are farmers, part-time or full-time, (including aquaculture and horticultural producers and agri-tourism), employees and/or owners of agri-businesses, employees of agricultural organizations (e.g. farm or commodity organizations), and employees of governmental organizations that have as their primary mission agriculture (e.g. USDA, NCDACS, N.C. Cooperative Extension). Government employees must have agriculture as part of their official responsibilities to be eligible.


Program tuition is $1,600 due by the January 1st, 2025.  If accepted into the program, a $400 non-refundable deposit is required by August 30th, 2024 with the remaining $1,200 due by January 1st, 2025. Most of the program expense is funded by an endowment from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and donations from donors committed to fostering great leadership in NC agriculture. Financial aid is available for a limited number of applicants. See if you qualify at the Financial Aid page on this site.


Three (3) references are required for the program. These references should be from people who are familiar with your leadership potential.


There is also a signature page that must be signed by you (and your supervisor, if applicable) and your N.C. Cooperative Extension County Director. Download the signature page here, get the appropriate signatures, then scan and email the signed form to


We highly recommend that you discuss the program with someone who is an alumnus of the program. Alumni are listed on this website (Past Participants). It is critical that you understand the time commitment (approximately 50 days) required if you participate. If you do not know any alumni, here is a list of alumni who have agreed to talk to potential applicants. Give them a call, they would love to chat with you! Look carefully at the schedule for the upcoming program and determine if you are available to participate. The program is offered every two years so if your schedule will not allow you to attend the sessions this time, we hope that you will apply for a future program.

You may also contact one of us if you have questions about the program. The program faculty and their email addresses are given on this website on the Leadership Team page.


You should discuss your potential participation in the program with your family, business partners and/or employer. Their support is important given the approximate 50 days of time you must commit to the program over the two years. We will be asking for an indication of their support if you are selected for an interview.


Applications are reviewed by a review board made up of NCSU faculty, program alumni, and a reviewer from outside North Carolina. Based on the recommendations of the review board, applicants will be selected for interviews. In-person interviews are used for the final selection of those invited to participate in the program. Selections for interviews will be made by May 1st. If selected our program faculty will come to your farm, business, or home to conduct the interview. Interviews will take place in June and July. Invitations to participate in the 2024-2026 program will be sent to approximately 25 selected applicants by August 1st.

Check List for Application:
1. Learn about the program; talk with program alumni, read the information on this site, look at the program schedule, and ask questions. **If you do not know any program alumni, here is a great list of alumni who would love to chat with you more!
2. Review your interest and commitment for the program. Talk with your family, business partners, and/or employer to make sure you have their support.
3. Submit your application online: NCSU Ag Leadership Application by the February 29th, 2024 deadline. You will receive a confirmation from the program assistant and should also receive a copy of your application immediately after submitting your application. 

4. Secure 3 references, provide their information on your application. 
5. Return the signature page with your signature, your Supervisor’s signature (if applicable) and the signature of your County Extension Director by February 29th, 2024.
6. Make sure you receive a confirmation email that your application has been received (this may take a few days).

Thanks for your interest! Contact us with questions.