United Producers introduces program for next generation of farmers

| March 3, 2016

COLUMBUS – In an effort to support the upcoming generation of farmers, United Producers Inc. (UPI) is launching a program to provide resources, insight and collaborative involvements to a younger audience of agricultural leaders, called Emerging Leaders.

Emerging Leaders engages participants through interactive sessions about agriculturally relevant topics such as innovative operations, industry expertise, leadership, finances and co-op governance, with visions both local and global.

The program begins in September 2016 and spans two years. Over the course of five sessions, two to three days in length each, attendees will gain valuable knowledge of contemporary issues impacting agriculture as well as a collection of meaningfully connected colleagues.  UPI will cover all expenses.

One participant from each of the organization’s six core states (Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri) and six at-large candidates will be selected for the program. UPI Preferred Members and family members of Preferred Members ages 21 to 45 are invited to apply. UPI Credit Services customers or family members of credit customers are also eligible to apply. Current students are not eligible for participation.

Applications are available at uproducers.com or a UPI facility. Completed forms, along with two letters of reference, are due May 1 and should be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail to: United Producers Inc., Attn: Emerging Leaders Program, 8351 N. High St., Suite 250, Columbus, OH 43235.

United Producers, Inc. is one of the largest farmer-owned livestock marketing cooperatives in the United States. In addition to livestock marketing, United Producers provides credit and risk management services, and serves more than 35,000 livestock producers in the Midwest United States. United Producers was formed in 1934 and is headquartered in Columbus. For information about becoming a UPI member, visit www.uproducers.com.


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