VALOR Program accepting applications for Class V

VALOR 2020Applications for the fifth cohort of the Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR) Program are due May 1, 2020.

The VALOR Program is designed to develop leaders who can effectively engage all segments of the Virginia agricultural community to create collaborative solutions and promote agriculture inside and outside the industry.  Adult participants will include individuals with a vested interest in the success of Virginia agriculture and leadership for the industry.

“As Virginia’s largest private industry, agriculture is complex and dynamic as it responds to ever-changing environmental and human needs.  The VALOR program fosters a well-rounded understanding of social, political, and economic topics through shared experiences and opportunities.  A diverse class with varied public and private backgrounds creates an environment in which to explore our industry differently than through other types of engagement, “ said Megan Seibel, the program director.

A premier leadership program, VALOR consists of 12 bi-monthly experiential seminars over two years.  These experiences take place in a variety of settings throughout Virginia and Washington D.C., as well as U.S. and International destinations.

Program applicants are expected to complete a two-part application, due electronically by May 1, 2020.  Selection interviews will be held this summer with a formal announcement of Class V anticipated in August.  The class should hold its first seminar in September of 2020 and graduate in July 2022.  The application, financial information, calendar, and other program details for the program are available on the program’s website.  Insights from current and past fellows can be found on the program blog.  Questions regarding the program or application process should be addressed to Megan Seibel at 540-231-2375, mseibel@vt.edu or valor@vt.edu.

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