Rural Leadership North Dakota
RLND Class VII will be traveling to Vietnam and Thailand February 2017 for their international seminar. In preparation for that trip, RLND Class VII participants visited the Royal Thai Embassy during their Washington DC Seminar March 14-19th to learn about Thailand, their culture and people.
Sakakawea or Sacajawea, was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition achieve each of its chartered mission objectives exploring the Louisiana Purchase. With the expedition, between 1804 and 1806, she traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean, established cultural contacts with Native American populations, and researched natural history.
Leadership development initiatives today typically offer performance support and real world application of skills through such methods as training programs, coaching and mentoring, action learning, and developmental assignments. Rural Leadership North Dakota combines instruction with travel experience, unfamiliar settings and timely topics, all of which help participants gain crucial skills and allows them to attack relevant, real-time issues. The goal of leadership development ultimately involves both knowledge and action. Our program provides individuals the opportunity to engage, learn and do throughout the length of the program.
In just over a week, Class VII participants will be embarking on a great journey to our nation’s capitol to discover more about national trends in agriculture and rural issues. For some, this may be their first airplane flight and for others a return trip to learn more. No matter their past experience, the Washington, D.C. Seminar is sure to expand knowledge on national organizations, governmental operations, and much more.
While in RLND I was an Area Extension Specialist in Ag Diversification at the Williston Research Extension Center. After 22+ years working for the Extension Service (14 yrs with NDSU and 8 years as a County Agent in Montana) I decided to try something new. In March of 2015, I became an agronomist for Hefty Seed in Sidney MT. I wanted to try the private sector and become more engaged with the farmers' decision making process in crop production.