South Carolina LEADS is an agriculture, forestry and natural resources leadership program for emerging leaders. The program is designed to provide intensive leadership development experiences for a promising new generation of leaders who are involved in South Carolina's food, fiber and farming sectors.

The first SC LEADS class will begin in the Fall of 2011 and will focus on Chester, Chesterfield, Dillon, Fairfield, Lancaster, Marlboro, Union and York Counties in South Carolina, but participation will be open to anyone in the state. The program will transition to a state-wide focus beginning in 2012.

Based on a national model, SC LEADS brings together a select group of participants who have demonstrated their commitment to advance production agriculture, agribusinesses, forestry, and natural resources. Through a curriculum of seminars and site visits, they will enhance both their skills as leaders and their understanding of the social, political, organizational, and economic issues which impact agriculture, forestry, natural resources and our society.

USDA The SC LEADS program is funded in part by South Carolina USDA-Rural Development.  We are proud to be a partner in their commitment to the future of South Carolina's rural communities.


Class Schedule

November 15, 2011
Class Begins
Leadership Retreat
Charlotte, NC

December 6
Local Food Study Tour

January 17, 2012
Conflict Resolution

February 14
Communication & Coalitions

March 13 - 16 tentative
Washington, D.C. Study Tour

April 18
Columbia, SC Study Tour

May 8