The Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders Program is an intensive leadership development program designed to teach members of Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association and Kansas Grain and Feed Association about the state and federal legislative and regulatory process and how to be a better leader within the industry.
The TAL program is designed to improve the leadership skills of Kansas agribusiness men and women and accomplishes that goal through five primary objectives:
Lawmakers listen to advocacy organizations like KARA, but they really enjoy hearing from constituents who hold the power to keep them in office. Our TAL program provides Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association members the opportunity to learn exactly how to contact their legislator, the steps necessary to pass a law through federal and state government and how to have a meaningful conversation with elected officials on bills impacting our industry.
Before the TAL program, I had a preconceived idea that my voice didn't have very much weight with my representative. I realize the importance of being actively engaged - our voices are heard and are listened to.
John Ricker Jr. | KFSA
Class of 2019
Jason Sutterby | Syngenta
Class of 2018
TAL was a tremendous eye-opener for me! It provided an intimate, up-close and personal experience into the interaction of our industry with the political arena at both the state and national levels.
An introduction to the legislative and regulatory arena in Kansas with legislative leaders and Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Personal visits with Kansas Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill; visit National Agribusiness Associations/Organizations headquarters; visit historical sites.
Developing an informed and confident agribusiness leader; business leadership development and political activities.
Recognition ceremony during the keynote breakfast at the Kansas Agri Business Expo – the largest indoor agribusiness tradeshow in the midwest.
Allied Environmental Consultants Inc.
BASF Crop Protection
Central Prairie Coop
Fairbank Equipment, Inc.
Farmers Coop Conway Springs
Gavilon Fertilizer LLC
Helena Chemical Company
J.B. Pearl Sales & Service, Inc.
The Ottawa Cooperative Association Inc.
WHY IT MATTERS
The Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders program was created in 1998 to provide Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association members an intensive leadership development course centered around the state and federal legislative and regulatory process and how to be a better leader within the industry. Each year, TAL sponsors graciously save class members and companies $1,500 per person in out of pocket expenses.
“The TAL class has brought about a whole new interest in me to be a voice: a voice for Ag, a voice for my peers, a voice for my kids, and a voice for me. It has made me realize that one person may be able to make a difference if they are willing to start a conversation and put themselves out there.”
— Lucas Hamm | Class of 2018
We are not accepting applications for the program in 2021. Due to COVID-19, the previous year’s class will be required to finish its final two sessions in 2021. Please check back for information on applying for the class of 2022.