Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in the Rice Leadership Development Program, applicants must:
  • derive their primary livelihood as rice producers or from a rice industry-related profession or firm, including rice mills, rice product marketers, sales officials, dryers, extension services, research facilities, etc.  Participants from the industry-related category must serve the rice industry in their primary job responsibility.
  • demonstrate leadership potential.
  • be 25 to 45 years of age at time of application.
  • obtain employer approval prior to applying; if self-employed, must agree to devote time away from their business as required.
  • agree to attend all scheduled sessions, with exception of illness of participant or immediate family.
  • agree to complete all reports and evaluations as required.



  • All ​Finalists ​Must be ​Available for ​Personal ​Interviews

    Interviews will be conducted by the Rice Leadership Selection Committee in conjunction with the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio, Texas in December of 2017.