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By Tracy CourageU of A System Division of AgricultureNov. 20, 2019
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LITTLE ROCK — Twenty-six people from across Arkansas recently graduated from LeadAR,
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s leadership program, bringing
the total number of graduates to nearly 500 in the past 35 years.
The group members, who represent 15 Arkansas counties, spent nearly two years developing
their leadership skills and gaining a better understanding of key economic and social
issues facing Arkansas. They celebrated completion of the 22-month program at a ceremony
Nov. 15 in Little Rock.
Since 1984, the Division of Agriculture has worked to bring together rural and urban
leaders to learn from each other through the LeadAR program, as well as help them
grasp the importance of agriculture to Arkansas’ economy.
“Our goal is to equip emerging leaders in the state with knowledge and skills they
need to make a difference in their organizations and their communities,” said Stacy
McCullough, assistant director for community, professional and economic development
for the Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. “We want rural and
urban leaders of Arkansas to work together to positively impact the state.”
Throughout the program, participants attend three-day seminars about every eight weeks,
meet some of the state’s top industry leaders, practice their policy-making skills,
tour communities throughout the state and visit with congressional leaders in Washington,
D.C. The program culminates with an international study tour, to learn how international
issues and policy impact Arkansas and to see the world from a different perspective.
Each of the program’s 18 classes have visited a different country — Class 18 toured
Belgium and Netherlands.
Applications for the next LeadAR class open in January.
Congratulations to the following leaders:
To learn more about LeadAR, visit www.uaex.uada.edu/LeadAR or contact Emily Smith at Elsmith@uada.edu or 501-671-2138.
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Tracy CourageDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org