November 13, 2010 Area Man in Extension TALL Program
From farm and ranch to processor and supermarket, Texas agriculture faces unabated change. How it changes in response to current forces–such as environmentalism, new technologies, consumer issues, governmental regulation, and global markets–will profoundly impact life in Texas for years to come. The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program assists people in realizing their potential for leadership during this time of critical change.
The TALL program enables men and women from all areas of agriculture to:
• Increase knowledge and understanding of agriculture and related industries in the context of today’s complex economic, political, and social systems
• Learn the processes of organizational decision making and the role of political institutions
• Acquire a greater appreciation of how agriculture must interact with society as a whole
• Develop skills necessary for leadership at local, state, and national levels and put those skills into practice
The TALL program is designed for men and women to enhance their leadership skills. Each class consists of at least 24 people, all of whom are associated with agriculture. Participants come from every sector of agriculture and all parts of Texas. Candidates apply for admission and successful candidates demonstrate leadership potential and willingness to serve in decision-making roles.
The TALL class of 2010-2012 includes Dave Lilley of Wichita Falls. Lilley is an Attorney, CEO Trinity Hughes Construction and owner of Lilley Land & Livestock Company, raising cattle, pecans, wheat and hay.
Dave Lilley of Wichita Falls is a member of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program class of 2010-2012.
Galen D. Chandler, Texas AgriLIFE Extension Regional Program Director notes, “there are 12 TALL participants from the North Region -which is almost 1/2 of the current class- so this speaks well of the leadership coming from our part of Texas.”
TALL is a practical, action-oriented, two-year program in which participants meet eight times. Six of the meetings are held at different sites across the state.
The program includes the following activities: Seminars with experts and group discussions enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of key subjects for today’s agricultural leaders. Their studies include leadership development, communication skills, economics and policy, international trade, agricultural institutions and agencies, urban/rural relations, and issues affecting agriculture, such as water and energy.
On-site tours and studies of agriculture-related businesses and industries help participants discover firsthand procedures and problems in production marketing and financing.
Meetings with leaders of government and businesses complement seminars on local, state, and national issues, and are a focus of the first year of the program. TALL participants travel to Washington, D.C., and New York City for direct exposure to the varied social and economic conditions impacting agriculture.
International study is the highlight of the program’s second year, with TALL XII traveling to India. The tour focuses on international communications, ecology, government policy, economics, social problems, and educational opportunity. Participants return with greater insights into agriculture’s global problems and challenges.
The TALL program is conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.