Applications open for Future Cotton Leaders Program

Applications open for Future Cotton LeadersProgramThe next generation of leaders within Australia’s cotton industry is encouraged to apply for a premier leadership program.

Applications for the 2020 Australian Future Cotton Leaders Program (AFCLP) opened today, with 15 spaces available.

AFCL P is funded by Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC). It is for emerging leaders and isdelivered every two years. T he 2020 edition will be the seventh time the program has been run.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said the AFCL P supports individuals to realise their commitment to creating and leading change in thecotton industry.

“The k ey goal of the AFCLP is to support those emerging leaders in develop ing their leadership knowledge, skills and experience,” MrKay said.

“Australian agriculture, including our industry, is experiencing a significant amount of change at the moment, and this program is aproactive way to support growers in developing into leaders, advocates and influencers of positive change within Australian cotton.”The AFCL P is best suited to people who are keen to progress their leadership skills and who are actively involved in a cottonenterprise, or related position and industry area such as cottonseed, ginning, extension, research, and consultancy.

In 2020, t he program will feature face-to -face forums, interactive online discussions, one-on -one coaching and integration with industryactivities.

Participants will also undertake an individual project related to their area of interest, which will assist in developing their leadership skillsin a real life scenario.

Adam Kay said the AFCLP provides a springboard for the industry’s leaders to take on further study and move into senior positionswithin Australian cotton.

“Graduates of the AFCLP are more act ively involved in Cotton Grower Associations, as well as at a whole-of-industry level on b oardsincluding Cotton Australia and CRDC, as well i ndustry committees and projects,” he said.

“A n umber of AFCLP graduates have gone on to the Australian Rural Leaders hip Program and become Nuffield Scholars.

“I strongly encourage anyone interested in apply ing to be involved, as this is an opportunity that delivers real benefits at both apersonal and industry level.”The 2020 program will conclude with a graduation ceremony at the 2020 Australian Cott on Industry Leadership Dinner on the GoldCoast on Monday 3rd August 2020.

Visitthis website to download a nomination form: https://cottonau -programs. Applications close Friday, April3rd 2020.

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