The Premier Leadership Program for Agribusiness Professionals

Purpose of TAL

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 Goals of TAL

The TAL program is designed to improve the leadership skills of Kansas agribusiness men and women and accomplishes that goal through five primary objectives:

  • To increase member understanding of the programs, services and representation provided by KARA
  • To increase member understanding of the state and federal legislative process
  • To increase member understanding of the state and federal agencies that oversee the agribusiness industry in Kansas

  • To improve member leadership and communication skills through professional development sessions
  • To prepare members for possible public service through involvement in political campaigns and holding of public office

Key Benefits of the Program

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.

2020 Program Schedule

Jan. 21 – 22, 2020

Session I

An introduction to the legislative and regulatory arena in Kansas with legislative leaders and Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Topeka, KS

July 19 – 23, 2020

Session II

Personal visits with Kansas Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill; visit National Agribusiness Associations/Organizations headquarters; visit historical sites.

Washington, D.C.

Sept. 4, 2020

Session III

Developing an informed and confident agribusiness leader; business leadership development and political activities.

Wichita, KS

Nov. 19, 2020


Recognition ceremony during the keynote breakfast at the Kansas Agri Business Expo – the largest indoor agribusiness tradeshow in the midwest.

Wichita, KS

Apply for this Year’s Class

Only members of Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association or Kansas Grain and Feed Association are eligible to apply. All applications must be submitted with two letters of reference and a color photo no later than Nov. 25, 2019.