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					Cultivating LEADership E-NEWSLETTER December 19, 2006

Why do I always see riot police on LEAD study trips? Greetings from Santiago, Chile. I'm writing from my hotel room after just having finished dinner at 11:00 pm - normal in Chile! After just two days in the country, I already know that class 11 will learn many new things not just how to adjust their dietary habits! Already it has been a great learning experience, and I look forward to what the coming days will bring. My first day was interesting, to say the least. I had some flashbacks to the class 9 study trip to the Netherlands, where we saw quite a few riot police in front of the US embassy. After an overnight flight, I checked into a guest house and proceeded to wander into downtown Santiago, around La Moneda, the capitol. I noticed quite a few police, but not anything close to the amount of security we see in Washington, DC. I also saw quite a few protestors driving by and honking their horns, but thought it was probably just some group participating in a minor protest. I continued to wander around the capitol, and gradually the excitement escalated: first, the crowd grew, then the riot control vehicles arrived, and then I found myself just steps away from a throng of "carbinieros" in full riot gear! Hmmmm...perhaps this was more than just a simple protest? Come to find out, former Chilean Dictator General Pinochet had died earlier that day, and the protesters were actually celebrating his death. Unfortunately, the celebration got a little ugly later in the afternoon (after I had left the area). It was quite a contrast to the serenity I experienced atop San Cristobal peak that evening (were you find an outdoor chapel and the famous statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking the city of Santiago). While the protests had made the news back in the US, there is no need to worry. The Chilean people are very friendly, and what you may have seen on the news is but one small piece of the story. After just one day, I was honored to be invited to the home of one of our hosts from ASOEX (a fruit export association), and this is just one example of the hospitality I am sure class 11 will

experience. Earlier that day I was able to walk through La Moneda, and it was like nothing had ever happened the day before. It is also amazing to hear about the connections that already exist between Chile and LEAD New York alumni and friends back in New York. And it is my hope that our upcoming study trip will lead to many more mutually beneficial relationships between LEAD New Yorkers and their Chilean colleagues. The only downside is that Chile seems to be a bit more expensive than I expected, so not it's time for me to put in a shameless fundraising plug: if you have not contributed to the class 11 fundraising campaign as yet, please do so! We will need and appreciate your support. And rest assured that the class 11 study trip will be no vacation - the days will start at 7:00 am, and finishing at 10 or 11 pm is not uncommon - with much to see and learn in between. But I believe the rewards will be worth all of the effort. Thank you for your support of this trip, class 11, our program, and the international relationships we will build. And finally, my greetings to you and your loved ones this holiday season - it's difficult to think of Christmas when I'm enjoying warm temperatures and the bounty of Chilean agriculture, but my thoughts return to snow-covered fir trees!


_________________ CLASS 11 UPDATE: Congratulations to Julie Berry and Bob Diehl on the birth of their daughter Cassidy Lee Diehl on November 24, 2006.

Penn Yan and Yates County hosts Future New York State Agricultural and local community leaders. December 7 -9 the LEAD NY Class XI participants gathered to learn more about local government and leadership issues. Class members dispersed throughout the local Penn Yan area interviewing community leaders to gain new perspectives and appreciation for community servants and the issues they embrace to better their local communities. The experience provided insights and education on leadership character, traits, styles, and challenges in a wide range of community service areas. This experience coupled with the Libertyville community development program exercise provided continued leadership

development for the future leaders now participating in LEAD Class XI. Thursday evening LEAD members and quests were hosted by the Yates County Cornell Cooperative Extension for their Annual Dinner. The key note speakers were Suzanne Hunt from World Watch Institute in Washington DC and Nathan Rodgers from WNY Farm Credit. The evening presentation was entitled Biofuel Energy- Global Context and Local Opportunities and was heard by over 250 audience members. This is an ever developing area with local opportunities for the NY Agricultural Industry. The December workshop session also provide additional professional development training by Ithaca College and Cornell University faculty focusing on debate and meeting facilitation skills training. As the program study trip nears in February guest speakers provided an overview of Chilean government, history and society. The experience and time these individuals contribute any your continued personnel and industry support given to the LEAD NY program is what makes this such a unique opportunity for agricultural education awareness and professional leadership development. The LEAD Class XI members extend a sincere thank you and wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: NYS Agricultural Society Annual Forum January 11, 2007 Holiday Inn, Liverpool Visit the Ag Society website at or contact Penny Heritage, at NYS Agricultural Society, 518-384-1715, for more information.

SAVE THE DATE The Third National Farm to Cafeteria and Food Policy Conference March 16-19, 2007 Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Baltimore Maryland Activities: Farm to Cafeteria Organizing and Policy Workshops

Farm Bill and Food Policy Sessions Lobby Day 2007 New York State Maple Conference January 5 & 6 2007 The 2007 Maple Conference will be held at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School in Verona, New York. The conference is open to the general public, as well as maple producers, and is geared toward all levels of sugar makers. Saturdays trade show opens at 8:00 AM with workshops starting at 9:00AM. The conference is sponsored by the V.V.S. FFA in conjunction with the New York State Maple Producers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Cost of the conference: Friday and Saturday package when pre-registered $30, Friday only $12, Saturday only $22 for pre-registered or $30 at the door. For more information on conference topics, presenters, and to register contact V.V.S. FFA advisor Keith Schiebel at (315) 829-2520 ext. 262, email

CCE-Broome County Presents: Lets Write Your Business Plan January 18, 2007 with Ginny L. Robert as Presentor On January 18, 2007 at 7:00pm, CCE-Broome County is presenting a two-hour workshop that will provide an overview of a comprehensive business plan contents (both the narrative and financial statement components), format and how it can be used. Participants will be given a diskette that has a template to develop the financial spreadsheets with Excel soft-ware. Optional purchase of Lets Write Your Business Plan, a workbook developed by the presenter, will also be available. Cost of this workshop is $5. Pre-registration is required. For further information or to register, contact Laura WollinWood at (607) 584-5007. Strengthen Your Leadership in the Agriculture Industry he Upper Hudson Agricultural Leadership Forum (UHALF) is a program to provide a platform for agricultural producers and professionals to develop and expand their leadership abilities and understanding of the food and agricultural industry in the Capital District and New York State. UHALF participants will be empowered to become involved in a broad range of policy issues facing the industry at the local and state level. Participants will improve their leadership and communication skills, increase their understanding of the food and agricultural industry, and develop opportunities for networking. UHALF begins on January 19, 2007 and continues through April 20, 2007 with nine sessions consisting of day and evening programs and will be conducted at various locations in the Saratoga and Washington County area. Session topics include: Time

Management, Local Agricultural Policy, Influencing Agricultural Policy, People Types and Personality Styles, Communication Skill Development, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Wholesale and Retail Marketing, Production Agriculture and Land Use Issues and a Graduation Dinner. Twenty-five to thirty agricultural producers and professionals from the Greater Capital District and Upper Hudson region will be accepted to the UHALF program. Tuition for the program is $150 and includes 2 dinners, 7 lunches, and program materials. Application deadline is January 2, 2007. To receive more information or an application, contact Paula Schafer at 885-8995, 746-2560 or or visit and click on upcoming programs. The direct link for the brochure and application is UHALF is sponsored by American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga and Washington Counties, and the NY Farm Bureau.

The Second National Conference on Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education July 11-14, 2007
We are pleased to announce the 2nd National Conference on Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education, July 11-14, 2007. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to facilitate a cross-disciplinary dialogue on learning and teaching in sustainable agriculture at colleges and universities in the U.S. Held at Cornell Universitys Alice Cook House, located in Ithaca, New York, the conference will draw a diverse gathering of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, administrators, extension educators, farmers and food system practitioners who are active or interested in sustainable agriculture education at institutions of postsecondary learning.

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