Shires Graduates from Ag Leadership Development Program

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Daniel Shires graduated from the NCTTFC Agricultural Leadership Program at a March 2023 ceremony in Duck, NC.

Cleveland County Agricultural Agent Daniel Shires is a new graduate of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Agricultural Leadership Development Program, a two-year program that empowers the next generation of agriculturalists with the knowledge, experience, and skills to become successful leaders in their businesses, communities, industries, state and nation. The proven leadership development program exposes participants to ideas, perspectives, people, trends, and issues that will shape their lives, agriculture, and the world in the 21st century…experiences that are not possible in the normal course of farm life and business

Shires was chosen to participate through a competitive review and interview process. His leadership development journey, which began in October 2020, included a visit to Washington D.C. where the group attended a program at the George Washington Leadership Institute, visited the British Embassy, and met with representatives to discuss vital agricultural issues. In addition to being exposed to the rich diversity of agriculture and agribusiness in all parts of North Carolina, participants had an international study experience in Brazil and a domestic study experience in Texas.

The NCTTFC Agricultural Leadership Development Program began in 1984 as a leadership program for flue-cured tobacco farmers. Today, it is a nationally-recognized program for agriculturalists of all kinds who want to become strong leaders. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 300 graduates develop personal and civic leadership skills by mastering self, conflict resolution, crucial conversations, negotiation, and team-building.