THE 2000-2022 Rice Leadership Development Class recently completed the fourth and final session of the two-year program with a series of meetings with government, regulatory and rice industry officials in Washington, D.C.
During the weeklong session, the class had meetings with USDA officials to get updates on international trade policy issues and U.S. domestic programs, as well as regulatory and environmental updates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The class also had meetings on agricultural economics and federal budget issues.
A special graduation ceremony was held for the class in conjunction with the USA Rice Federation's (USA Rice) Washington business meetings. A highlight of the session was when Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and Rice Foundation Chairman John Denison, a rice producer from Iowa, La., presented the graduation certificates.
Kent Wiley, who served as class spokesperson, thanked John Deere Company and Syngenta for sponsoring the program and for the opportunity to broaden their leadership skills.
Graduating class members are, rice producers: Gary Canada of England, Ark.; Dale Franz of Brookshire, Texas; Mary Jemison of Kinder, La.; Andrew Rudd of Gridley, Calif.; and Drew Whiting of Gillett, Ark. From the industry-relate category: Scott Manley of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Kent Wiley of Glenn, Calif.
The Rice Leadership Development Program is sponsored by John Deere Company and Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., through a grant to The Rice Foundation. The program is administered by the USA Rice Federation.