The application period is now open for the 19th annual class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program, presented by the United Fresh Foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence.

This program, made possible through a grant from DuPont Crop Protection, is a special opportunity for United Fresh members to advance their leadership skills and knowledge.

Launched in 1995, the Produce Industry Leadership Program is developed around the four fundamental goals of leadership development, business relationships, government and public affairs, and media and public relations.

During the year-long fellowship, participants will take part in a series of customized trips that include face-to-face meetings with industry players, hands-on training with industry experts and educators, and interactive experiences with influential leaders in Washington. This year’s schedule will feature expansive trips to Michigan, Ontario, Washington DC, Wilmington DE, Yuma AZ, and Chicago IL. The class will graduate at the 2014 United Fresh Convention.

Participation in the program is limited to 12 fellows selected by an Advisory Committee, chaired this year by United Fresh Board member and program alumnus Lisa Strube of Strube Celery & Vegetable Company.

Candidates interested in applying for the program can download information and an application at www.unitedfreshfoundation.org. The deadline for applications is March 11, 2013. The Leadership Program is for United Fresh members only. There is no cost to participate, and all regular expenses are covered by the program.

For more information, call Shannon Young at 202-303-3405 or email syoung@unitedfresh.org.