United Fresh Produce announced it is now accepting applications for the 20th class of its Industry Leadership Program. Since its launch in 1995, thanks to founding sponsor DuPont Crop Protection, over 200 industry members have graduated from this exclusive program.

The United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program is the nation’s only ongoing, fully paid leadership training course for the produce industry, with 12 fellows selected each year to participate. The program’s four fundamental areas are leadership development, business relationships, government and public affairs, and media and public relations.

Participants take part in a series of customized trips including face-to-face meetings, hands-on training with top industry experts and educators, and interactive experiences with influential leaders in Washington.

“As a graduate of this program, I can personally attest to the value it brings not only to the participants, but to the industry at large,” says Ron Midyett, CEO of Apio Inc. and chairman of the United board. “I strongly encourage anyone looking to advance his or her leadership skills to apply for this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.” 

Candidates must have the support of their company. The application deadline is April 7, 2014. There is no cost to attend, and all regular expenses are covered. For more information, visit unitedfresh.org/leadership or contact United Education Manager Shannon Young at syoung@unitedfresh.org or 202-303-3405.