Emerging Professionals


The agribusiness workforce is rapidly evolving, and the need for strong, emerging leaders in our companies has reached a critical level. In 2014, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) recognized this challenge and offered its members a robust leadership development program – the Emerging Professionals Leadership Program – to help continue to grow a leadership pipeline and ensure a strong future for Indiana's agribusinesses.

ACI is seeking 25 aspiring leaders from across our membership to participate in the 2021 class. Participants selected through the application process (on a first-come, first-served basis) are expected to attend the nine sessions noted below.

The program will provide participants with an in-depth view of Indiana’s agribusiness community and an opportunity to hear from and meet key leaders across the sector. Participants will also complete a leadership program complete with curriculum on topics that include:  Grounded Confidence, Rumble Skills, Armored Leadership, Daring Leadership, Curiosity and Leadership Empathy, Personality Differences and more...

2021 Commitments

February 3   Welcome! Statehouse Day (Virtual)
March 1   Agribusiness Track:  Plant Food and Indiana State Chemist (Virtual)
May 5   Agribusiness Track:  Feed  (Belstra Milling & Fair Oaks - DeMotte, IN)
June 23 -24   Agribusiness Track:  Grain  (Consolidated Grain & Barge – Jeffersonville, IN)
July 14   Agribusiness Track:  Ag Chem (Co-Alliance, Avon, IN)
August 11   ACI Conference (Noblesville, IN)
September 23 - 24   Washington D.C. Fly-In (Washington, D.C.)
October 6   Agribusiness Track: Seed (Bayer CropScience, Remington, IN)
December 8   Bringing It All Together/Graduation (Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, IN)

2022 Commitments

Emerging Leaders will be required to make an ACI pledge for the year following their participation.  Participants can choose one from the following list and will be asked to pledge once they have been accepted to the program.

  • Volunteer at two ACI events
  • Make or secure a $500 donation to the PAC
  • Obtain two new members for ACI
  • Make or secure $500 in sponsorships for ACI
  • Recruit one participant for the 2022 EPLP class

Registration for this program does require the completion of a modest application process. Space is limited so get your application in TODAY!

  1. Applicants must work for a member organization/company of ACI.
  2. Emerging leaders will need to talk with their supervisor and/or company leadership to determine if the interested individual has approval to commit to the program.
  3. Individuals must fully complete an official application, which includes one letter of recommendation.
  4. Applicants and their supervisors and/or company leadership must sign a letter of commitment to the scheduled sessions and program fees ($3950).

Applications open summer of 2021 for the 2022 class.  Watch for announcements in the ACI E-news.