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Tomorrow’s Challenges

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Leadership At Its Best


Now more than ever, public opinion, government policy, regulation, and even consumer attitudes have direct impact on the way farmers and agribusiness operate.  As a result, the need for effective leadership and advocacy for agriculture has never been greater.  To help meet this need, Syngenta sponsors the Leadership At Its Best program, partnering with ag organizations to develop and prepare their leaders.

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LAIB: The Premier Leadership Program in Agriculture

LAIB has been training future leaders for more than 30 years —4,500 people trained so far, and counting.

Each year, a diverse class of about 48 growers, processors and retailers attend LAIB to develop the skillsets required to be confident ambassadors of agriculture. LAIB alumni have gone on to be leaders in their organizations, spokespersons for American agriculture, and government officials.

“Should you find yourself extended an invitation to the Syngenta Leadership At Its Best Conference, do not hesitate to say yes. It is a jam-packed, worthwhile week of agriculture and politics. You find yourself surrounded by like-minded people who also want only the best for agriculture, here and abroad. Be prepared to be challenged, to think hard, to share ideas, to solve opportunities and to laugh.This conference is put together by a top-notch planning team and they make sure your time is well spent.”- Chris Cornelius, Cornelius Seed

Upcoming Class:

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Previous Class:

The Leaders of 2020

January 27, 2020 - January 31, 2020
Raleigh, NC and Washington, DC

Class Overview

Syngenta has designed an ag advocacy conference which promotes cross-cultural exchange for various commodity and trade associations into an exciting, robust conference in 2020. LAIB participants will experience refreshed modules based on today’s leading thoughts, ideas, and techniques. The conference will focus on various aspects of leadership training and the priority issues facing agriculture with the goal of empowering today’s leaders for tomorrow’s future challenges and opportunities across the industry.


Syngenta is seeking to field a diverse cohort of leaders for advanced training at the event. Toward that end, we suggest you encourage applications from candidates who:

  • Are leaders newly appointed to your state or national boards or likely to serve on the board in the next one to three years;
  • Represent a diversity of sizes and operations, including small, medium and large-sized agricultural operations, as well as a mix of livestock and cash crops and a mix of conventional, organic and IP production systems;
  • Include women and other candidates of diverse backgrounds;
  • Are at an age and stage in life where they can be committed to being active and engaged in advocacy over an extended period (4+ years) and have the available time and desire to do so;
  • Have demonstrated a level of proficiency on social media;
  • Have an interest in engaging with consumers and other non-ag audiences to discuss agricultural issue; and
  • Are familiar with sustainable agriculture, are managing toward continuous improvement, and are willing to discuss their experiences.

Leader Graduates

February 11, 2019 - February 15, 2019
Raleigh, NC and Alexandria, VA

Class overview

PDFs from last year

Syngenta (or its legacy companies) has been involved in leadership development since 1985, when the company instituted the Leadership Development Program with the National Corn Growers Association. Since then, the program now known as Leadership At Its Best has expanded to include organizations from virtually all segments of agriculture. To date, nearly 4500 leaders have participated in Leadership At Its Best training. In the 33 years since the first graduates of this program joined the ranks of US ag leadership, hundreds of LAIB alumni have gone on to serve as leaders in their organizations, spokespersons for American agriculture, and elected or appointed officials in national, state and local government.

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Are You an Agriculture Leader?

Syngenta partners with the following organizations to provide Leadership At Its Best participants with a robust and accelerated professional develop experience. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate to join an upcoming LAIB class, please contact us below and indicate your affiliated organization, to express your interest in developing as an agriculture leader.

The following organizations will be participating:

Agricultural Retailers Association
American Agri-Women
American Farm Bureau Federation Women
American Soybean Association
Independent Professional Seed Association
National Agricultural Aviation Association
National Association of Wheat Growers
National Cotton Council
National Corn Growers Association
National Potato Council
National Sorghum Producers

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“Leadership at Its Best introduced me to other leaders in Agriculture from different commodity groups and sectors as well as other regions of the country.  I was able to learn from the experienced professionals who taught us as well as the fellow participants.  I enjoyed hearing from Syngenta scientists who develop the very products farmers use to grow more with less.  LAIB also gave me the keys to unlock my own strengths to promote Agriculture.”- Laura Vaught, American Farm Bureau Federation

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If you would like additional information about LAIB, send us a note. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have.