Since 1995, DuPont Crop Protection (DCP) has supported the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership program that seeks to promote the development of future leaders of the fresh produce industry. Expanding their exposure to agricultural production and promoting the creation of relationships with industry professionals, they will become stronger leaders. In its 17-year history, the program’s more than 180 graduates have become managers of global organizations, directors of production companies and industry opinion leaders.
Year after year, the program invites 12 professionals from the food industry to be part of the year class. The Class of 2011 traveled to Chile, which was chosen for its extensive production of fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, and for its role as a major exporter to the United States. In Chile, the students met the local DCP team and heard about some national projects and key market challenges. The agenda also included visits to renowned fruit producers and packaging companies, as well as a meeting with Teno, a joint venture between the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS); Servicio Agricola y Ganadero (SAG), the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture; and the Chilean Exporters Association (ASOEX), which is responsible for phytosanitary inspections for all fruit exported to the U.S.
"Learning more about DuPont Chile and the unique production and trade issues impacting the Chilean fresh produce industry was an excellent learning opportunity for the class," said Shannon Young, education manager of the United Fresh Produce Association.
"This visit was an honor for DCP Chile and very rewarding because we had the opportunity to interact with industry professionals with a different point of view. These types of relationships are a great way to learn about the new global trends and integrate them into our work plans and market initiatives," said Juan Pablo Chahuan, marketing manager, DCP Chile.