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NDSU’s Rural Leadership Program Seeking Class VI

The North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota program is recruiting for its sixth class, which starts in November. Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) is an 18-month leadership development program for anyone who wants to learn how to help improve his or her organization, business, farm or ranch operation, or community.

The 2013-15 program consists of in-state seminars with experts on topics such as leadership development, agriculture and economic development; tours of agricultural and community businesses; trips to Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis to meet with agricultural, business and government leaders; and an international study tour to learn about international agricultural and community issues.
Participants learn leadership skills, such as thinking critically and creatively, communicating effectively and managing conflict. They also learn about agricultural and rural policy, the agricultural economy and future trends that could affect North Dakota agriculture, finding innovative ways to fund local and regional development projects, marketing, civic engagement, the value of coalitions and partnerships, industry and community advocacy, and how to work with the state Legislature.
“RLND is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Beach City Auditor Kim Nunberg, an alumnus of the program’s 2005-07 class. “Over the course of two years, you develop a deep professional connection with the other participants, which is invaluable.”
A major focus of the program is giving participants opportunities to make use of what they’ve learned to improve their operation, business, organization, community or region.
Nunberg is among 95 people from 57 communities in 36 counties who have participated in RLND since it began in November 2003.
The tuition for the RLND program is $3,750. That covers all meals, hotels and travel expenses such as buses during in-state seminars and airfares to out-of-state seminars. Participants are responsible for their travel costs to the in-state seminars and points of departure for the out-of-state seminars.
The deadline to apply to join the class of 2013-15 is June 15. Applicants must have been a state resident for at least a year and be able to attend all of the seminars.
For more information, to obtain an application or nominate someone for the class, send an e-mail to or call (701) 231-5803.

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