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NC Farm Bureau L.E.A.D. is a leadership development program and its purpose is to develop, foster, and enhance the skills of individuals and couples (ages 36-60) actively engaged in production agriculture.

The NCFB L.E.A.D. Program is a two-year journey that requires numerous hours of classroom instruction, farm and agri-business tours, activities, and open discussion designed to broaden the knowledge and leadership capabilities of the participants.

Since North Carolina Farm Bureau has made a significant commitment, both financially and through staff engagement, the L.E.A.D. Program requires a serious commitment from participants.

Why Experience the NCFB L.E.A.D. Program?

  • Sharpen your communication skills and understanding of global agriculture
  • Travel to Washington, DC to engage with your congressional representatives and share issues you are currently facing
  • Learn how to identify, manage, and build strategic relationships
  • Communicate with state legislators on behalf of your industry segment
  • Become authentic, visible, and approachable
  • Through dynamic presenters, discover your strengths and how to grow into the leader you want to become
  • Work with your county to develop policy positions for your Farm Bureau to advocate
  • Network with farmers from across the state, developing lasting friendships


Mac Hodges (Team Leader)

Jessica Tripp

Luke Beam

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The L.E.A.D. Program will nurture agricultural leaders to:

Better articulate their views in a respectful and professional manner

Project a positive image for Farm Bureau and agriculture through knowledge, wisdom, and integrity to unselfishly serve our communities

Inspire others by being humble in their approach, but bold in their actions




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