I. TALL is a competitive leadership development program for Texas agriculture industry leaders.
- Class members are required to be actively involved in agriculture production, or a business closely related to agriculture, which includes the food and fiber industries. However, Faculty of colleges, universities, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and secondary school systems working in agricultural fields are not eligible to participate.
- average range in age is 25 to 50 with no age requirement.
- class size will be approximately 24.
- tuition is $2,500 (one of the least expensive tuition’s in the country, most are $4000 or more).
- 2 year program of which falls into 3 calendar years.
- Total expense per participant is $25,000 of which is funded by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, industry gifts, grants and participant tuition (10%).
- The Texas program started with the first class in 1988.
- Program concept began at Michigan State University in 1966 and the first state programs were sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation.
- Currently there are 38 state programs and 5 international programs.
II. TALL has 8 seminars with 45 days of intense training with over 300 speakers which includes guest speakers, current leaders, tours, on-site visits, receptions, discussions and leadership course work. In all, they will meet over 2000 people during their two year experience:
- In total, TALL spends 455 hours of intensive training per person ( the equivalent of 38 credit hours) which is equivalent to the same amount of training to receive a Masters of Ag degree from any accredited university.
- at least 10 years of experience is needed to reach the educational level of a TALL graduate.
- there are 6 in-state seminars that cover the current issues facing Texas and Agriculture with a one week seminar covering the Texas Legislature and a trip into California.
- the 4th seminar is a trip to our nation’s capital in Washington D.C., Maryland and New York City.
- the 8th seminar concludes with an international trip to study foreign governments, culture, religion, trade, markets and the Ag industry for two weeks. TALL VI traveled to China, TALL VII – Russia and Poland, TALL VIII – South Africa, TALL IX – Brazil, TALL X – China, TALL XI – Russia and Poland and TALL XIII- India.
III. TALL has over 300 graduates who serve as ambassadors for agriculture.
IV. Leadership Values:
- 70% have been interviewed by the news media as Ag spokespersons.
- 23% have provided testimony to a federal agency.
- 31% have testified at the state level.
- 31% have testified at the local level.
- 66% have served as leaders on community boards.
- 50% have served in local, state, and national leadership posts in pro-agricultural organizations. *
* Information provided by IALF