2016/18 Leadership Development Program Class Announced

Dec 15, 2015
Seated left to right: Brian Ottis (RiceTec), Kevin Ripple (John Deere Company), Chris Crutchfield (American Commodity Company), and Todd Burich (Rice Foundation Chairman). Standing left to right: Kristopher Riggs, Brandon Truax, Allen McLain, Imran Khan, Sidney Robnett, Sunny Bottoms, Michael Bosworth, and Chuck Wilson.

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Members of the 2016/18 Rice Leadership Development Program class were announced last Friday during the annual Rice Awards Luncheon at the 2015 USA Rice Outlook Conference.  The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals selected by a committee of agribusiness leaders.

“The rice industry enjoys strong leadership, and has a bright future.  This program plays a critical role thanks to the intensive training and the high caliber participants,” said Rice Foundation Chairman Todd Burich.  Burich went on to thank everyone who applied to the program and encouraged those not selected this time to apply again to the program next year.

The new rice-producer class members are Michael Bosworth, Olivehurst, CA; Imran Khan, Chico, CA; Allen McLain, Abbeville, LA; Sidney Robnett, Stuttgart, AR; and Brandon Truax, Gillett, AR.  The new industry-related class members are Sunny Bottoms with Horizon Ag, and Kristopher Riggs with Anheuser-Busch.

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.


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