Joe Ange, assistant director of purchasing at Markon Cooperative, is one of 24 participants chosen for the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

The 20-month program formally kicks off Nov. 3 in Fresno, Calif., according to a news release. Four universities — Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California State University, Fresno and the University of California, Davis — will conduct monthly seminars.

Santa Clara University and National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces also provide segments. A 10-day national travel tour is planned for the first year and a 15-day international trip for the second.

Markon is based in Salinas, Calif. Nathan Dorn, director of farming systems and technologies at Salinas-based Reiter Affiliated Cos., was also chosen.

Other California fellows in Class 42 include Rachelle Antinetti of Mid Valley Ag Services, Linden; Carol Arnold of Foothill Farmers Market Association, Auburn; Ara Azhderian of San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, Los Banos; Paul Basila of Basila Farms LLC, Fresno; Cameron Boswell of J.G. Boswell Co., Corcoran; Anne Coates of Cachuma Resource Conservation District, Santa Maria; Jason Cole of Cole Ranch, Santa Paula; Brenda Farias of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, Santa Maria; Ashley Gill of Green Acres Nursery & Supply, Sacramento; Robert Grether of Cultiva Consulting, Somis; Jared Gross of Wilbur-Ellis Company, Colusa; Cade Johnson of LeafWorks, Blythe; Denise Junqueiro of the California Olive Committee, Fresno; Karl Lehman of Allied Grape Growers, Fresno; Justin Micheli of Micheli Family Farms, Live Oak; Chris Nichols of Chino Valley Ranchers, Arcadia; Elisa Noble of the California Farm Bureau Federation, Sacramento; Ryan Person of Ryan Person Consulting Services, Clovis; Sonny Pulido of Primus Labs, Santa Maria; Michael Rivera of Westside Trading Co. Inc., Fresno; Michael Testa of E. & J. Gallo Winery, Pope Valley; and Ulash Turkhan of Turkhan Foods, Ripon.

The California Agricultural Leadership Program invests about $45,000 for each participant. Since 1970, more than 1,100 have completed the course.

“I’m ready to be challenged and exposed to new situations as well as build relationships,” Ange said in the release. “I look forward to bringing my new knowledge and experience back to Markon and the Salinas Valley.”