Rice Foundation Accepting Applications for '19 Rice Leadership Program

By Dr. Steve Linscombe, USA Rice

The Rice Foundation is accepting applications for the 2019 Rice Leadership Development Program.  Rice producers or industry-related professionals between the ages of 25 and 45 are eligible to apply for the program.  The application deadline is October 5. 

The Rice Leadership Development Program provides a comprehensive understanding of the rice industry, with an emphasis on personal development and communication skills.  During a two-year period, class members attend four one-week sessions designed to strengthen leadership skills through studies of all aspects of the rice industry. 
 
The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals chosen by a committee of rice industry leaders.  The committee evaluates the applications of all candidates, reviews letters of recommendation, and conducts personal interviews with the finalists.  Interviews will be conducted at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego, California, in December.
 
The Leadership Development Program has graduated 180 individuals over the previous 30 years, many of whom are active leaders in the U.S. rice industry.  The program is sponsored by John Deere Company, RiceTec, Inc., and American Commodity Company through The Rice Foundation and managed by USA Rice. 
 
Additional information on the Rice Leadership Development Program and an application form can be found on the USA Rice website.