CALP Class 15 Announced

Cortez, Colo. – The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) has selected their 15th Class of Fellows to begin Feb. 2021 and they come from all walks of life and areas of the State.  

  • Alyson Kruse, Fort Collins, Colo
  • Annaliese Danckers, Longmont, Colo.
  • Anneliese Phippen, Parker, Colo.
  • Blake Ferris, Fort Morgan, Colo.
  • Carrie Hackenberger, Denver, Colo.
  • Cullen Stevens, LaSalle, Colo.
  • Daniel Ray, Joes, Colo.
  • Deanna Bartee, Center, Colo.
  • Jeramy McNeely, Canon City, Colo.
  • Jessica Crowther, Monte Vista, Colo.
  • Lacey Taylor, Cheyenne Wells, Colo.
  • Lauren Kolb, Boulder, Colo.
  • Mathew Lopez, Broomfield, Colo.
  • Michelle Kardokus, Victor, Colo.
  • Morgan Weinrich, Arvada, Colo.
  • Preston Schow, Denver, Colo.
  • Shelby Rich, Sterling, Colo.
  • Stacey Crouch, LaJunta, Colo.
  • Travis Grant, Denver, Colo.
  • Trevor Birky, Fort Morgan, Colo.

Fellows will begin their training with team building, leadership style assessments and professional development courses. Additionally, they will shadow the previous class in producing an event. They will travel to areas in the State, over the course of their two years, including the Pueblo/ LaJunta area, Palisade, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan and NorthWest Colo., the San Luis Valley and Cortez or the Four Corners area to get a statewide perspective on Colorado’s agriculture. In 2021, they will make a trip to Washington D.C. to learn how to be better advocates for agriculture as well as another state. In 2022, they will travel Internationally to learn about agriculture on a Global platform.

In addition to the large amount of travel, professional development and leadership courses, CALP Fellows must select a personal project to complete over the course of the two years. The purpose of the project is to encourage and foster the application of leadership skills by Fellows in an effort to influence or impact their home community or organization through the modeling of skills and involvement with the project.

Upon completion, CALP Fellows join the ranks of over 300 alumni serving in leadership positions within the State Legislature, Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University. They serve in leadership roles in numerous Colo. Trade organizations like the Colorado Corn Administrative, Colo. Potato Administrative Committee, Colo. Livestock Assoc., Colo. Dairy Farmers and Colo. Farm Bureau. Additionally, CALP is represented on well-known ag business leadership teams like Nutrien Ag Solutions, American AgCredit, Agfinity and beyond.

CALP is an intensive, two-year agriculture leadership program, focused specifically on developing high caliber leaders for Colorado agriculture who are well-versed in the complex and diverse issues of food production, agriculture policy, and the converging interests of rural and urban populations in Colorado. For more information, please visit

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.