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Applications Now Open for Rice Leadership Development Program

Applications Now Open for Rice Leadership Development Program

The 2023-25 Rice Leadership Development Program open application process is now underway. 

More than 80 years in the making, the program is focused on building a foundation for future rice leaders by providing personal development and communication skills along with a comprehensive understanding of the rice industry.

Over a two-year period, class members will attend four one-week sessions through firsthand observation. Leadership skills will also be strengthened, with seminars and workshops also planned.

The newest class members can now fill out their applications here

The deadline to complete and submit your application is September 9, 2022.

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Lorenzo Pope

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Longtime industry leader Lorenzo Pope passed on March 25, 2024. Dr. Pope was known as a plant breeder and executive at Rice Researchers. He served for decades on the California Rice Commission Board of Directors and many of its committees, including the Rice Promotion Board. In 2015, the California Rice Research Board presented Dr. Pope with the California Rice Industry Award. Ever an educator to others and always willing to take a phone call, lend a hand or attend any rice meeting, Lorenzo will be remembered as a giant in our industry.

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