This elite new program provides up-and-coming leaders with the tools they need to achieve success in the apple industry, including hands-on experience with legislative and regulatory issues, professional development, a unique one-on-one mentorship program, opportunities to network with top industry leaders, community service work, and much more. Eight fellows will be chosen annually to participate in the year-long fellowship.


Emerging apple leaders who are at the start of their career through age 35 are eligible to participate. Those involved in apple growing, packing, shipping, marketing, research and other areas are encouraged to apply to the program. Contact Tracy Grondine at for more information.

Why Join Nextgen

You will be directly connected to key leaders in the apple industry, as well as decision makers in the political arena. You will be assigned an industry mentor to work with throughout the year and have numerous opportunities in leadership and professional development.

What’s more, you will establish lasting connections with your peers and gain access to the exclusive former Young Apple Leader program alumni network. Further, upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to apply for one of USApple’s working committees.

Thanks to NextGen’s 2022 Exclusive Sponsor: