Released: Aug. 2, 2021
TIFTON, Ga. – Applications are now being accepted for Class XII of the Peanut Leadership Academy. To be
eligible for participation, candidates must derive their primary livelihood from farming and currently produce
peanuts, make a commitment to the program and agree to attend all sessions except in times of illness or a
family emergency, be between the ages of 22 and 45 and provide a completed application.
The Peanut Leadership Academy is a cooperative effort between Syngenta Crop Protection, the
American Peanut Shellers Association and grower organizations. The program began in 1998 with the first
class of 14 peanut growers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Since then, the academy has grown to include
growers from Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and sheller representatives.
During the program, participants are taught how to become more effective spokespeople for the
peanut industry, develop industry relationships and further grow their leadership skills. Five sessions take
place throughout the 18-month class and require approximately 20 days of travel. During the sessions,
activities are structured to give participants a thorough understanding of the United States peanut industry and
include industry tours, meetings with industry leaders and professional development training. Each class also
has one leadership session in Washington, D.C. where participants have an opportunity to visit with members
of congress on issues affecting the peanut industry.
To download a copy of the upcoming class application, visit www.southernpeanutfarmers.org.
Applications must be postmarked or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 1, 2021, for consideration. The
first session will begin in December 2021.