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We will make an announcement about the upcoming program soon!

The application period for the 2020 – 2022 program will open on February 1st and close on March 31st, 2020. 

On February 1st, you will be able to use this link to apply for the program. Please 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 into the application. We will receive many more applications than we are able to accept so it is important that you provide answers that showcase who you are.

After you submit your application send us an email at to confirm your application. You will also receive a confirmation email in a 2-3 business days.  If you do not receive a confirmation email after a week, please contact us at 

Link to APPLY for 2020-2022 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 in order to be eligible.


Program tuition is $1,600 due by the January 2021 session.  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. References should use the online form that can be submitted at NCTTFC Ag Leadership Reference Form. Please note: You will need to send your references this link and have them submit it online. We do encourage you to follow-up with your references to make sure they received the recommendation request. Please ask your references to submit their response by March 31st, 2020.  It is your responsibility to followup with references to make sure reference forms are submitted by March 31st, 2020.

Link for References:


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. 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. You can use the program email,, or refer to the program faculty whose 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 June 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 2020-2022 program will be sent to approximately 25 selected applicants by August 15th.

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.
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 2020 by the March 31st deadline. Send us an email at to confirm your submission.

4. Secure 3 references, provide them with the link for online submission: NCTTFC Ag Leadership Reference Form
5. Return the signature page with your signature, your Supervisor’s signature (if applicable) and the signature of your County Extension Director.
6. Make sure you receive a confirmation email that your application has been received (this may take a few days), if not contact us at by the March 31st deadline.

Thanks for your interest! Contact us at with questions.