The International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) program travels overseas to learn about global agriculture and international marketing.
During the two-week program, students tour feed mills, open air feed and animal markets, livestock operations and food processing plants, to help them get a feel for international agriculture.
Destinations for I-CAL change each year. Recent destinations include Spain, Morrocco, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan, Colombia, Singapore and Panama. In 2014, I-CAL will travel to Japan.
Read about the I-CAL overseas experience on the FFA Blog.
2014 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program
Dates: May 19-31, 2014
In 2014, we will be exploring the Japan’s agricultural infrastructure and comparing that with agriculture in the United States. This will be a great opportunity to be exposed to different cultures, agricultural systems and most importantly gain a new understanding of United States agriculture on a global scale.
I-CAL 2014 is made possible through support from The Grains Foundation.
Who Can Apply?
The International Collegiate and Agricultural Leadership Program is open to former FFA members, current collegiate FFA members, and members of the National FFA Alumni Association.
Twelve students will be selected to participate in the I-CAL program each year.
Apply Now: 2014 I-CAL Application
How Does the Selection Process Work?
Students must fill out the I-CAL application.
The top applicants will be invited to an interview with the program managers. Interviews are typically conducted at the end of February or the first week of March. Final selection will be made mid-March.
The I-CAL program takes place in May.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of the program varies from year to year; on average the total cost of the program is $6,500 per student. Usually students are required to pay only $3,000-$4,000 to participate.
I-CAL is sponsored by the Grains Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.