The LEADelaware agriculture and natural resources leadership program recently held its first session with 15 new fellows.

The LEADelaware Fellows for 2018-20 include Terry Baker, Baker’s Acres owned by Fox Chase; Steve Breeding, Shepherds Hope Farm and Atlantic Tractor; Jessica Collins, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Kristin Cook, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension; Rick Dickerson, Dickerson Farms; Jennifer Feindt, MidAtlantic Farm Credit; Dan Hougentogler, University of Delaware; Chelsea Hudson, Lucky Leaf Acres and Sussex Conservation District; Jake Jones, Jones Family Farms; Courtney Mocko, Delaware Department of Agriculture; Caitlin Sheffer, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency; Elaine Webb, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Watershed Stewardship; Patti Webb, Bay to Bay Agricultural Consultant; Matt Williams, Conscious Connections Inc.

The class spent Jan. 28-31 in Rehoboth Beach learning about team building, personality traits and the definition of leadership, as well as learning more about Delaware agriculture and farmland preservation from Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Austin Short. Over the next two years, they will learn about policymaking, communications, the legislative process, advocacy and leadership styles in a series of ten seminars. The program will include an international trip planned by the Fellows to learn more about global agriculture.

LEADelaware is a partnership between the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

For more, visit sites.udel.edu/leadelaware.