It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more than 9 billion people on the planet, necessitating a major change in the food supply system.

Vance Publishing seeks young leadersVance Publishing Corporation, Lincolnshire, Ill. — parent company of The Packer, Produce Retailer, The Grower and Citrus and Vegetable Magazines — is recognizing leaders in the fresh produce and other agriculture industries that are under 40 who will be working on innovations to feed those 9 billion people.

The 40 Under 40 program is taking nominees at through July 31. Nominees must be involved in a food production business (including grower, shipper, processor, transportation, food safety). It’s the second year for the program. Last year’s honorees in the fresh produce industry included J Allen Carnes, president of Winter Garden Produce, Uvalde, Texas; Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the Hass Avocado Board; and Matt Mandel, vice president of sales and marketing and a partner in SunFed, Rio Rico, Ariz.