Oregon is a diverse state with many industries based in natural resource use and development.

REAL OREGON is a leadership program that brings future leaders from agriculture, fishing, and forestry together to learn leadership skills and gain a greater understanding of Oregon through a series of statewide sessions.


Growing natural resource leaders who make a difference for Oregon.


Develop leaders who seek positive outcomes, economic vitality, and natural resource stewardship to enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians.

Class Scope

REAL Oregon is an annual leadership development program that exposes a cross- section of representatives from Oregon’s natural resources community to the diversity of Oregon’s geography, economy and cultures through training in:


  • Board governance
  • Communication skills
  • Strategic planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Government interaction and public policy
  • Media relations
  • Natural resource industries co-existence
  • Professional presentation
  • Public speaking
  • Strength assessment
  • Urban-rural relationship building

Class Structure

Class members visit five different locations across the state to gain leadership skills and gain an in-depth understanding of the agriculture and natural resource sectors that define Oregon’s economy.

REAL Oregon begins in November and concludes in March the following year, with the leadership group meeting one time per month. Class members will spend approximately 2.5 days in each of these locations.

Agricultural and natural resource producers and allied industry members are encouraged to apply.   Class size is limited to 30 participants.  Applications are available here.

Program Outline

  • Up to 30 participants per class
  • Annual program with 5 weeks of study
  • Participants learn about industries, geographies, markets, policy, and more
  • Participants develop presentation and analytic skills
  • Conflict resolution and understanding the other side of an argument
  • Networking and an active alumni organization is a key benefit

Class 3  Schedule

May 2019-                  Application Period Open
July 25, 2019 –          Application Period Closed
September 2019-    Notify Applicants of Selection Results

November 4-7, 2019 –       Session 1 in Klamath Falls
December 10-12, 2019 – Session 2 in Roseburg
January 14-16,  2020 –      Session 3 in Newport
February 10-13, 2020 –    Session 4 in Salem
March 17-19, 2020 –          Session 5 in Boardman

April 15-18, 2020 –                Session makeup dates if necessary