ACI launched the Emerging Professionals Leadership Program (EPLP) in 2014 to help grow a leadership pipeline and ensure a strong future for Indiana's agribusinesses. The EPLP is a one-year program that provides substantive discussions on some of today's most critical issues and introduces class members to key industry and policy leaders. ACI is now seeking 20 aspiring leaders from across our membership to participate in the fifth class in 2018. Applications are now being accepted through January 31 for the 2018 Emerging Professionals Leadership Program. The feedback from our alumni and their employers about the program has been exceptional....

"I wanted our Emerging Professional to have exposure to areas in agriculture that he would not have in his current job... He has gained significant background knowledge and built strong relationships with other class members. He continues to make comments in our business that you can tell he gleaned from the Emerging Professionals program."
- ACI Member Sponsor of an Emerging Professional

"This experience has introduced me to other professionals in our industry - through my classmates and our speakers. I plan to be more active in my local civic groups to be the 'local' face of our industry. I'm also excited to be more active in ACI. Thanks for starting this GREAT program!"
- ACI Emerging Professional Alum


Participants selected through the application process are expected to attend six class sessions, and the class will also have the opportunity to participate in an ACI Board of Directors meeting. We will also make a trip to Washington, D.C. for class members to learn about the federal policymaking process and the politics that affect agribusines. The 2018 classes include:

  • February 27
    Indiana Statehouse - Indianapolis
  • May 10-11
    Consolidated Grain and Barge - Jeffersonville
  • July 11
    ACI Board of Directors Meeting - Beck's Hybrids Atlanta, I
  • August 22
    Fair Oaks Farms - Fair Oaks, IN
  • September 18-20
    The Federal Policymaking Process and Agribusiness - Washington, D.C.
  • October 3
    FFA Leadership Center / Kelsay Farms - Trafalgar/Whiteland
  • December 5
    Purdue University College of Agriculture - West Lafayette

Each session will provide class participants with an up-close view of Indiana's agribusiness community and an opportunity to hear from and meet key leaders across the sector. Take a moment to review our agendas from the last three years to get a real flavor of what this program provides ... a great opportunity to network with other ag professionals AND a chance to learn about important issues to our agribusiness sector.

2014 EPLP Agendas

2015 EPLP Agendas

2016 EPLP Agendas

2017 EPLP Agendas

How To Apply:

To nominate someone from your organization, simply review two important documents. Click HERE for the full program description, including member cost ($3,950 participation fee) and session details. Click HERE to access the short application form for candidates. Candidates must submit this form, one letter of recommendation and have employer approval to participate. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31, 2018.

Class size in 2018 will be limited to 20 class members, and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Get your application in early!

Have you considered how you take the next step in your career? Do you have someone on your team who would benefit from a quality issues training and networking program? Please consider this year's outstanding program - it will be a valuable individual experience and one that brings value back to your business as well!

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please call Jayne McElwain at (317) 454-8055 or