In February of 2018 a group of potato industry professionals will make their way to Colorado, to kick off another class of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI). The National Potato Council developed this long-running program, to train growers, and show the complete picture of agriculture. The Michigan Potato Industry Commission has funding to send two growers to join the group.
Every year PILI is hosted by a different state and the group learns about farming in that region. PILI sets out to network growers and have them experience what is beyond the production side of agriculture. This eight-day program is a focused time for industry professionals to learn a range of skills from public policy issues to lobbying training.
The goal is to train leaders. PILI graduates often go on to take active leadership roles at the state and national level. The education and training they receive during their time together is invaluable to their organization and the industry.
The hope is to broaden your perspective. Learning how other farms run things, how the industry works together, and how modern agriculture works with Congress, all serves to expand your view point. This is an opportunity to get involved and think outside of the box.
The ask is to represent Michigan. The Michigan Potato Industry Commission will sponsor two growers to join the 2018 PILI class. MPIC is looking for two growers to invest in the future. Those interested should fill out an application.
2018 PILI Registration Form
should be completed and returned to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission no later than October 7, 2017.