The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP) is an intensive 18 month program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals who want to be on the "cutting edge" of decisions that affect agriculture, rural communities and society in the 21st century.
The program dates back to the mid 1980s and was originally called the Philip Morris Agricultural Leadership Program. Philip Morris fully funded the first seven classes under the leadership of Drs. Randall Barnett and Larry Jones. The funding model has changed under the last two classes with more than 100 financial supporters, including the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, Kentucky agribusinesses and farm organizations, program alumni, and participant fees. For a listing of current sponsors go to www.uky.edu/Ag/KALP/sponsors/currentdonors.pdf.
The program consists of ten domestic seminars devoted to important/timely issues affecting agriculture and sessions focusing on improving participant's communication, leadership, and management skills. The program also has a series of travel seminars to various Kentucky agribusinesses, Frankfort, Washington DC, and visits to agriculture in other states and nations. The program has graduated 245 participants covering nine different classes, with many of these individuals taking on leadership positions within Kentucky agriculture.
Dr. Will Snell and Dr. Steve Isaacs currently serve as co-directors of the program.