Members of the 2018/20 Rice Leadership Development Program class were announced Monday during the annual Rice Awards Luncheon at the 2017 USA Rice Outlook Conference. The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals selected by a committee of agribusiness leaders.
“This is my first group to lead through the leadership program and I am elated with the quality of individuals in the class,” said Rice Foundation Director Steve Linscombe. “The group is very diverse geographically and in skill sets, and all have strong people skills and work ethics. I think this will allow for excellent interaction among the group during the program.”
The new rice-producer class members are Brad Doyle, Weiner, AR; Brian McKenzie, Plumas Lake, CA; Scott Savage, Bay City, TX; Matthew Sligar, Gridley, CA; and Zach Worrell, Hornersville, MO.
The new industry-related class members are Adam Famoso, with the Louisiana State University AgCenter, and Zach Urrutia, with California Family Foods.
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 training. During a two-year period, class members attend four one-week sessions that are designed to strengthen their leadership skills.
John Deere Company, RiceTec, Inc., and American Commodity Company are sponsors of the Rice Leadership Development Program through a grant to The Rice Foundation, and USA Rice manages the program.