Farmers Union Enterprises Leadership Program

Where leadership, community and possibilities meet.


The Farmers Union Enterprise Leadership (FUEL) program is an opportunity to grow personally, professionally and in your community. This program offers a unique experience to gain skills and form relationships to last a lifetime. Each annual cohort will travel to 5 locations across the Nation and have the opportunity to immerse in concepts ranging from emotional intelligence and conflict resolution to public speaking and how to have a lasting impact in their community at home.

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What people say about FUEL

“My biggest takeaway might be that the power of showing up and speaking truthfully about your experience to individuals with decision making power is incredibly effective. And that doing so with other folks, joining our voices together, is even more so.”

Hear more from recent graduates

“I didn’t realize I would develop such close friendships with the people in my FUEL cohort. I cherish those relationships,

Paul Neubauer

“Cindy and I were honored to represent MFU in the FUEL program. We both agree it was the most rewarding experience we have done together. We not only learned about the history of Farmers Union, and the impact FU has had on family farm agriculture, we also made lifelong friends from our neighboring Farmers Union states.”

Walter Schweitzer

“FUEL gave me the confidence and desire to get more involved.”

Gwyneth Givens

What can FUEL do for you?

Farmers Union Enterprises Leadership program participants can be Farmers Union members involved drectly in Ag or those who are interested in advocating for our family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. This program is funded by each of the 5 participanting states through Farmers Union Enterprises and comes at NO COST TO PARTICIPANTS.

Fuel program graduates have gone on to:

Improve professional relationships

Become community organizers

Be elected for leadership positions,

Chair committees

And even work for Farmers Union!

The deadline for the 2023-2024 program is Dec. 1!

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Apply for the next FUEL program cohort!

Please contact us with questions about the program:

Frequently asked questions: How long is the program? The program takes place over the course of 1 year. Does it cost anything? All travel expenses are paid by Montana Farmers Union and affiliates. Is there anything expected of me at the end? Each FUEL participant will have the opportunity to talk about their experience at the MFU State Convention upon program completion. The goal is that each participant will also use this program as a springboard into community involvement, advocacy and/or Ag education.
  • The FUEL program takes place throughout the 5 states (MT, MN, ND, SD, WI) and in cooperation with National Farmers Union events beyond.

2023 Montana Farmers Union Annual Convention

October 27, 2023 - October 28, 2023
Heritage Inn, Great Falls MT