The New Mexico Agricultural Leadership (NMAL) program is a practical, action-oriented, eighteen-month experience in which participants meet nine times, including seven in-state seminars, a Washington DC learning experience, and a seminar at a national or international location.

Mission Statement

To develop knowledgeable, multicultural leaders for New Mexico's food, agricultural, and natural resource industries.

Through the NMAL program participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen their understanding about issues relevant to New Mexico, agriculture, food, and natural resources.

  • Find common ground with people from diverse backgrounds and points of view.

  • Expand their network of contacts and organizations in New Mexico and abroad.

  • Gain political awareness and learn the processes of organizational decision making and the role of institutions.

  • Develop skills necessary to take leadership positions at local, state, and national levels.

The program includes the following:

  • Seminars with experts and group discussions.
    Enhance participants' knowledge and understanding of major subjects relevant to leaders in agriculture, food, and natural resources. Some of the topics are leadership development, communications skills, economics and policy, national and international trade, cultural awareness, energy, water issues and management, oil and gas, urban/rural agriculture, and the role of institutions.

  • On-site tours and study tours.
    Allow people to understand processes, make contacts, ask questions directly, and broaden perspectives.

  • Meetings with business and government leaders.
    Complement seminars on local, state and national issues and help participants identify leadership traits in others.

Our next NM Ag Leadership program will begin in May 2017 and the application period will open in January of the same year.

The program is funded by tuitions, business contributions, individual donations, support from the New Mexico legislature and New Mexico State University. Please consider supporting the program, your contributions are tax deductible.

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New Mexico Agricultural Leadership Program
New Mexico State University
MSC 3501, Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: 575-646-6691
Fax: 575-646-4082