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Agricultural Leadership Program

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November 4th – December 9th, 2022 – Yakima, WA

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA), Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and Washington State University (WSU), will hold an Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP)  course starting November, 2022.  ALP is a comprehensive bilingual training program designed to enhance leadership skills of farm supervisors and managers, by providing them with the knowledge and tools to effectively manage emotional intelligence, communication, delegation, conflict resolution, and more. 

 This three-month long program starts with 40 hours of pre-determined base courses (1 day a week for 5 weeks), taught by highly qualified and experienced trainers, followed by a mentorship plan.  We will coordinate with farm employers and course participants to implement the knowledge gained in this course on day-to-day operations.  Participants will graduate after they complete their program and give a final presentation, to receive an ALP Certificate from WSTFA, WSDA and WSU.

 Focus areas will include:

  • Leadership                                                   
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Creating a vision and strategies
  • Communication and conflict resolution
  • Delegating
  • Human Resources
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Mental Health and Stress Management

When:  November 4th, 10th, 18th, December 2nd and 9th      Time: 8am-5pm

Mentorship plan continues after week 5.  Graduation will be on Friday, February 3, 2023

Where: Yakima Convention Center, 10 North 8th Street, Yakima, WA 98901

 Register Here

 Participants must have at least 2 years of experience in a supervisory position to participate in ALP and must complete the entire 3-month training program to receive their ALP Certificate.  We recommend participants to identify a mentor they can work with during the course; however, we can also provide one if needed.  Upper management commitment is encouraged for the successful completion of this program.

 Registration will be limited to two (2) people, per company, and will close on Friday, October 28th, 2022.  Please indicate the language of preference (English or Spanish) at the time of registration.  This training is highly subsidized by the WSDA through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Award #K3651.  Full payment of $500 course fee must be made at the time of registration.  The registration is non-refundable.  Lunch, course materials and refreshments will be provided each training day.

 We ask participants to please stay home and notify us if they feel sick.  This training will be conducted by the state in accordance with state COVID-19 safety standards for small meetings of this kind.

 If you have questions about registration, please contact Joanne Rouse at 509-665-9641 or  For questions about the program, please contact Juanita Silva at


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