Applications are Now Being Accepted for Peanut Leadership Academy Class XII

Posted on August 3, 2021

Are you looking to grow your leadership skills and knowledge of the peanut industry? Consider applying to be a part of Class XII of the Peanut Leadership Academy. This two-year program gives peanut growers and sheller representatives in select states a unique opportunity to come together and learn more about the industry.

To be eligible for participation, candidates must derive their primary livelihood from farming and currently produce peanuts, preferably be between the ages of 22 and 45, make a commitment to the program and agree to attend all sessions except in times of illness or a family emergency, 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.

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, click here or visit, Applications must be postmarked or emailed to by Oct. 1, 2021, for consideration. The first session will begin in December 2021.