Real Oregon - Resource Education & Agricultural Leadership

A Leadership Program for Natural Resources Professionals


REAL Oregon brings together current and emerging leaders working in Oregon’s natural resource sector, including farming and ranching, forestry, fisheries, and related fields such as transportation, finance, regulatory, and government. Our intensive professional development experience is designed to encourage and enable better informed and better connected leaders within our natural resource communities.

Our Mission

Growing natural resource leaders who make a difference for Oregon.

Our Vision

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

Meet Class 7

The selection for REAL Oregon’s 2023-2024 Class 7 was more competitive than ever with a record number of applicants.

We are so pleased to welcome 20 agricultural and natural resource professionals into the REAL Oregon family.

Apply for Class 8

Applications for Class 8 2024-2025 are now open.
Application Deadline: July 31, 2024

 2024-2025 Program Dates
November 11 – 14, December 4 – 6, January 7 – 9, February 11 – 13, March 11 – 13

Program Sponsor

Giving Opportunities

Our sponsors make it possible for REAL Oregon  to work with and develop leaders who seek positive outcomes and economic vitality for our state. These individuals are in a uniquely qualified position to understand and promote natural resource stewardship to enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians. Your support makes it happen. Consider a sponsorship at any level.

Bringing together Oregon’s future leaders from agriculture, fishing and forestry is innovative and forward thinking.  REAL Oregon cultivates leaders through hands-on learning and helps them build relationships within natural resources.  I am excited to see graduates from the program use their skills to effectively promote our industry to all Oregonians.
Alexis Taylor

Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Target Participants

Our Competitive Selection Process Includes:


Natural Resource/Agriculture

  • Farmers
  • Ranchers
  • Forest managers
  • Fishery specialists


  • Processors
  • Handlers
  • Vendors
  • Crop consultants
  • Financiers


  • Mill operators
  • Miners

Rural Communities

  • Government services
  • Community leaders


  • Government agencies
  • Oregon State University

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