Josh Miller of Yazoo City, owner and operator of Little Onward Plantation in Anguilla, is among nine agricultural professionals in the first graduating class of the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program.
Established in 2017 by the Mississippi State University Extension Service in partnership with the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, the agricultural leadership program provides 22 months of training for emerging leaders in the state’s farming industry. The program provides rigorous and relevant education, increasing the leadership capacity of people working in agriculture and natural resources in Mississippi.
The leadership program consists of six seminars in locations around Mississippi and one study tour each in another state, Washington D.C. and abroad. The first class visited agricultural facilities in Arizona to learn about out-of-state production and took a trip to Germany to gain experience in international policy, trade and global markets.
Program coordinator Michael Newman said the in-state seminars included instruction on public policy, emerging technologies, leadership fundamentals and economic development.
MSU Extension Director Gary Jackson said the program will be vitally important to the future of agriculture in Mississippi.