American Soybean Association seeking applicants for Young Leader Program | Michigan Farm News

American Soybean Association seeking applicants for Young Leader Program

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by Michigan Soybean Association; Farm News Media

“We loved being a part of a program that encourages young leaders in agriculture," said 2018 YLP participant Michelle Washburn, who farms in Shiawassee County with her husband Brian.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience are seeking applicants for the 2019-20 Young Leader Program. Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience and ASA, the leadership class is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture.

Phase I of the 2019-20 Young Leader program takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dec. 3-6, 2019. The program continues Feb. 25–29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

“We loved being a part of a program that encourages young leaders in agriculture,” said 2018 YLP participant Michelle Washburn, who farms in Shiawassee County with her husband, Brian. "It’s exciting learning from and networking with young farmers across the United States. It was an honor to be a part of representing Michigan."

Soybean grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply for the program, which focuses on leadership and communication, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network.

Spouses, even those not employed full-time on the farm, are encouraged to attend and will be active participants in all elements of the program. ASA, its 26 state affiliates, the Grain Farmers of Ontario and Corteva Agriscience will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program.

“The Young Leader program has had a tremendous impact on agriculture and we are grateful to Corteva Agriscience for continuing to invest in our future leaders,” ASA President Davie Stephens said. “The program encouraged and trained many soybean farmers guiding the industry today. The Young Leader program focuses on building the grower’s potential while helping create meaningful and lifelong relationships with growers from across the U.S. and Canada.”

“The young leader program cultivates agriculture advocates and has played a pivotal role in developing the next generation of engaged grower leaders for over three decades. Corteva Agriscience is proud of our longstanding collaboration with the American Soybean Association and is proud to support the young leader program,” said Matt Rekeweg, U.S. Industry Affairs Leader.

Selection criteria for the ASA Young Leader Program are as follows:

  1. Innovative soybean farmers who are interested in growing their existing skills for future leadership positions. Applicants must show strong leadership qualities demonstrated through production/marketing of soybeans and community activities.
  2. Active supporters of agriculture with an interest in serving as a soybean industry leaders.
  3. Demonstrated natural resources stewardship using best management and conservation practices.
  4. Members of their state soybean association.
  5. Participants must be at least 21 years old.

Program Benefits

Young Leaders enhance their leadership skills and build a strong peer network leading to increased success in their business, leadership and community. Many graduates of this leadership training program assume roles on their state and national soybean associations.

This seminar is an intense course designed to enhance leadership skills for the future benefit of the entire agricultural industry. The training is interactive and includes evening group meals and activities. Young Leaders and their spouses are expected to participate fully in all training aspects and evening activities.

Applications are being accepted online now! Deadline is September 1st! Visit this site for the application and more information regarding the program: