KARL Program taking Applications

By Ryan Duey

The Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) program, in its 33rd year, is accepting applications for the 2024-26 class until April 1st. Class 17, consisting of thirty members, will be announced on June 1st in Manhattan. Over the course of two years, participants receive more than 400 hours of training through in-state seminars and national and international study tours. The program, led by KARL President Jill Zimmerman, is designed to enhance skills for leadership roles in agriculture, business, and rural communities.

KARL graduates form an alumni network and have gone on to serve in the state legislature, farm organizations, agribusinesses, and community governance. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee in May, and the final class roster will be disclosed on June 1st. The program emphasizes learning about the state, country, and global entities, particularly concerning agriculture and rural communities, while also enhancing communication skills and expanding professional networks.

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