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About the Program

The overall objective of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) is to further develop future leaders for Oklahoma agriculture.

The program objectives are:

1. To assist potential leaders develop a deeper understanding of themselves and of people. This includes personal and group study and interaction, improving skills in communications, and developing a commitment to future leadership roles in Oklahoma agriculture.

2. To help potential leaders develop a better understanding of the various systems of economics and government.

3. To help program participants increase and utilize their own knowledge and skills in order to solve problems and to explore opportunities for Oklahoma agriculture.

OALP is open to Oklahoma men and women, at least 25 years of age, who are engaged in production agriculture or a related agriculture business. They must show a strong commitment to aspire to a leadership role to benefit Oklahoma agriculture.

The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program consists of a series of seminars and study tours over a two-year period.


OALP Class I was funded from a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Beginning with Class II, private contributions from individuals and organizations, support from the Oklahoma Legislature, Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and participation fees from class participants have been the source of funding.


A variety of subjects constitute the curriculum.  These include leadership development;  communication;  government operations and institutions;  economics, resource allocation, marketing and finance problems in agriculture;  sociology; and religious and cultural studies.  The major issues that affect Oklahoma and US agriculture will be studied.  These include the political process, international trade, water and energy.


Oklahoma agriculture has three areas from which new leadership can be developed:

  1. More people in production agriculture and agri-business could be induced to assume leadership responsibility.

  2. Businesses allied with agriculture should provide leadership.

  3. Agriculture educators who serve the agricultural communities can increase their leadership roles.

Agriculture in our state has a great need for people to carry out the leadership roles.  Potential leadership must be found and drawn to action.