August 2022

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LEAD Class XI's Study Tour to Spain - Supplement to The Delmarva Farmer Newspaper

Businesses, organizations and individuals -- all can purchase ads! Do you have a product or service to sell? Are you looking to promote a name or product recognition, have an organizational event to promote, or want to wish Class XI Fellows well wishes and support when they travel and graduate this fall?

50% of advertising sales will be donated by The Delmarva Farmer directly to the LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. Buy an ad and know that LEAD will directly benefit!

The deadline to reserve ad space for the publication is October 12, 2022. Please call Tiffany at (800) 634- 5021 or email

Embroidery Logos Now Available

Share your enthusiasm for LEAD Maryland by wearing or using items with the new LEAD logo! Please check out the new LEAD store at Land's End Business Outfitters.

Each person is responsible for their own purchases. LEAD Maryland does not financially gain from the purchase of items. We hope to offer more options in the future, with other vendors, but meanwhile, we are pleased that everyone can now order shirts and other items directly. See the attached images for examples of how some items will look with the LEAD logo applied. You are welcome to change the logo colors to match or contrast with the item. If you need to speak with a customer service representative, note that the LEAD Maryland logo number is 1721220.  

Try this savings code, valid through August 26, 2022. $3 Logo + Free Shipping and no minimum. Promotion Code: WT3LFS

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Class XI Graduation Update

ILAC 2022: LEADing from Bay to Bay 

The ILAC 2022 Conference that was held in Maryland and Delaware July 31-August 4, drew in nearly 100 attendees with four days full of speakers, tours and fellowship. Stay tuned for the September newsletter for a detailed ILAC report.

LEAD Alumni from all across the United States and Canada spent a week in Delaware and Maryland to learn about agriculture in our region during the 2022 International Leadership Alumni Conference.

Your Expertise may be a Great Fit for the Board!

Are you or someone you know ready to serve on the LEAD Maryland Foundation Board? The Nominating Committee plans for board of director membership that brings together people with a diverse set of talents and perspectives to work together to fulfill the Foundation's mission.

The Committee reports in November and again at the annual meeting (January 2023) when elections are held.

Contact a Nominating Committee member or the LEAD office for more information, and to let us know of your interest to serve, or to give suggestions for the committee to consider. Board members do not need to be LEAD Program graduates. The board typically meets five times a year. Meetings may be held in-person, virtually or in hybrid formats. Directors are elected to serve two-year terms. In addition to financial, leadership and program responsibilities, the board builds practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect within the organization and program. A board member job description is available by contacting:

Nominating Committee: Chair Shelby Watson-Hampton (Class VIII), Amy Crone (Class X), Kurt Fuchs (Class IV) and Steve McHenry (Class I).

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The Updated LEAD Class XII Brochure

LEAD Across the State

July 28: Thank you to everyone who engaged in conversations about LEAD at the recent Maryland Commodity Classic event. It was a great day to learn and to have conversations with grain producers and other industry heroes about the successful results of investing into the LEAD Fellows through grants from

the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, the Maryland Soybean Board, and others.

Grant funds defray the expenses of curriculum delivery to LEAD Fellows.

August 3:  Susan Harrison attended the first annual Workforce Development Extension Internship Closing Ceremony and Celebration held at the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District office.The internship has been a great success and many mentors, industry leaders, UME and UMD staff and faculty contributed to a fantastic first year. We are happy to support the internship and encourage the interns to continue their leadership development and professional networking. See the internship blogs to learn more:

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