Agricultural Leadership Education: Past History, Present Reality, and Future Directions Academic Article uri icon


  • The article explores the past, present, and projected future of agricultural leadership education. Beginning with roots in youth leadership development and grounded in land-grant universities, agricultural leadership education has undergone a shift from working primarily with rural youth to a new focus on also educating undergraduate and graduate students to empower community members and create change. The renewed focus has encouraged recent growth and in the last 10 years, the profession has added three leadership majors, six leadership minors, seven leadership focus areas, seven undergraduate leadership programs, and four graduate leadership programs. Research exploring the student impact of agricultural leadership education revealed that nationwide a total of 7,904 students are exposed to 208 agricultural leadership education courses. As the discipline continues to mature, recommendations are made for continued program development. Discussion highlights prior research examining potential courses to include types of experiences, program objectives, and career connectedness relating to agricultural leadership education. Programs have ample opportunity for future growth and recommendations are made to continue the development of innovative leadership opportunities and consistent pedagogical practices across institutions. © 2014 University of Phoenix.

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  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Velez, J. J., Moore, L. L., Bruce, J. A., & Stephens, C. A.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • December 2014