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NC Farm Bureau L.E.A.D. is a leadership development program sponsored by North Carolina Farm Bureau. Its purpose is to develop, foster, and enhance the skills of individuals and couples (ages 36-52) actively engaged in production agriculture.

The NCFB L.E.A.D. Program is a two-year course 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.

Farm Bureau has made a significant commitment, both financially and through staff engagement, to make this a valuable program. The L.E.A.D. Program does require a serious commitment from participants, but the benefit from graduating from the well-known program greatly outweighs the required time commitment.

Here’s a brief outline of the L.E.A.D. Program requirements:

  • The L.E.A.D. Program consists of a minimum of eight classes. You are expected to attend all classes except in the case of extreme emergency or unforeseen circumstances. For you to graduate and receive a partial refund of your enrollment fee, you must attend at least 75% of all classes offered.
  • Participants may be required to complete certain projects or homework assignments as determined by the Farm Bureau L.E.A.D. co-coordinators.
  • You are representing Farm Bureau during your entire course, both in and out of class. We want you to have a good time, an educational experience, and build lifelong relationships. Acting in a professional manner is always expected in the L.E.A.D. Program because the impression you make on other people directly reflects their impression of NC Farm Bureau.
  • Dressing in proper business attire is important for all L.E.A.D. participants because it presents a visual image and sends a message of professionalism. Dress will be always be business casual unless otherwise specified by the L.E.A.D. co-coordinators.


Audrey Brown (Director of Field Services)

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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