Rice producers and other industry-related professionals who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to complete the application process for the Rice Leadership Development program by Oct. 3.
The next class will be announced in December at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans, La.
The Rice Leadership Development Program gives young men and women a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. rice industry, with an emphasis on personal development and communication skills training.
During a two-year period, class members attend four one-week sessions that are designed to strengthen their leadership skills.
The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals chosen by a committee of agribusiness leaders evaluating their applications, reviewing letters of recommendation and conducting personal interviews with the finalists.
Candidates must be 25 to 45 at the time of application and derive their primary livelihood from some aspect of the rice industry.
The program is sponsored by John Deere Company, RiceTec, Inc., and American Commodity Company through The Rice Foundation and managed by the USA Rice Federation.
For more information on the program and to print an application, go to Rice Leadership Development Program.