Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program (TCALP)
The Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program (TCALP) is the premier educational and personal development opportunity for emerging leaders in the agriculture industry in Mississippi. Through a series of rigorous seminars, class members will develop team building skills including collaboration and conflict management and enhance their communication and professionalism abilities. They will gain exposure to successful and innovative businesses to improve economic literacy and community decision making practices, and sharpen their awareness of policy-making and legislative processes through governmental analysis coupled with an investigation of influence. Class members will deepen their understanding of the full realm of agriculture and rural development to support vibrant communities, creating a vision for the future of Mississippi.
TCALP will consist of nine seminars presented over the course of twenty-two months. Each seminar will contain a balance of concentrated, rigorous curriculum, challenging class members to refine and practice their learned leadership skills, and specific, in-depth exposure to agricultural production and agribusiness in Mississippi, the U.S. and around the world. In addition, class members will expand their personal and professional network, interacting with each other over the course of the program, along with the facilitators, guest speakers, policymakers, program alumni, advisory council members, and many more.
Class members will be selected through a competitive application process. Applicants chosen to participate will commit to attending approximately 35 days of intensive education over the course of the 2-year experience. The advisory council and program director will strive to select class members that represent the breadth and diversity of the agricultural industry across the state of Mississippi. Applicants may be farmers, ranchers, agribusiness owners or operators, or otherwise associated with the agriculture industry through their primary occupation.