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Applications open for MARL Class X

Applications are now being accepted for the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Class X.
MARL is a dynamic two-year educational experience featuring nine three-day in-state seminars, a six-day national study seminar and a 10- to 14-day international study seminar. Its mission is to develop the skills of Minnesota’s agricultural and rural leaders so they may maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national and international arenas.
Up to 30 participants will be selected for the class, said Executive Director Olga Reuvekamp. Applications will be accepted through April 12. The first session will be in November 2018.
Reuvekamp said the preferred applications process is online at www.marlprogram.
org/application. Those unable to apply online may contact Reuvekamp at 507-537-6430; or by email at Olga.reuve
kamp@smsu.edu.
The MARL curriculum is designed to have immediate applicability for active leaders. Each session features a mix of leadership study, personal skill-building, and location-related subject matter.
A majority of each class’ makeup is agricultural producers, and others are professionals involved in rural, ag-related business.
The seminar calendar is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of participants. Most of the activities occur over the winter months.
“The MARL program is heading into its 10th class and people are starting to become familiar with what the program is about. We want to encourage participation from all areas of Minnesota. The state is large and there are very diverse types of agriculture in different regions,” she said.