Soybean Leadership College


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Nashville, the Country Music Capitol of the World, will make music to your ears this January, and it won’t be at The Grand Ole Opry! Join the American Soybean Association for the 2014 Soybean Leadership College. The 14th Annual Soybean Leadership College will hit all the right notes for leadership on January 13-15 at Nashville’s Hutton Hotel.

Soybean Leadership College is the premier soybean leadership development program in the soybean industry. Soybean Leadership College has been the key leadership education program on the front lines training today’s and tomorrow’s leaders to provide the strategic vision to develop education, promote new opportunities and communicate our message in an effort to expand U.S. soybean producers’ market opportunities and increase profitability.

Soybean Leadership College is a two-day training program for all soybean leaders serving on the following: ASA Executive Committee; United Soybean Board; U.S. Soybean Export Council; Qualified State Soybean Board Directors; State association leaders; State organization staff; Future soybean growers who want to assume a leadership position on a state of national level; College students seeking to further their leadership skills.

ASA’s Soybean Leadership College focuses on three key leadership development areas:

  • Organizational leadership responsibilities
  • Communications skills with an emphasis on presentation or media training
  • Industry issues sessions focusing on the latest trends and issues affecting soybean producers

All registration and hotel costs are provided through state association sponsorship. If you are interested in attending this leadership training program, contact your state association or Byron Keelin at or 314-754-1355. Click here for the agenda. All content of the Soybean Leadership College is checkoff compliant.


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2014 Soybean Leadership College Overview

2014 ASA Soybean Leadership College

Jan. 13-15

Hutton Hotel

Nashville, Tenn.

Checkout this great lineup…

John Phipps

John Phipps

The set list at Soybean Leadership College opens Monday afternoon with popular ag TV host John Phipps. Phipps will address attendees at the general session about grain prices, international and national market demands, and how growers /associations can prepare for future trends. Tuesday morning’s general session will star Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity. Arnot will address attendees about the latest strategies to build consumer trust and confidence in the food system.

Charlie Arnot

Charlie Arnot

Damian Mason will be the closing general session speaker on Tuesday discussing agriculture trends, topics and the future of agriculture. Mason’s presentation will offer eye-opening insights and thought-provoking dialogue on issues facing the business of food production.


Damian Mason

Damian Mason

The Soybean Leadership College will also showcase breakout education sessions on organizational leadership, communications and the latest issues impacting the soybean industry such as the key target areas of Freedom to Operate and Customer Focus.

The Soybean Leadership College is open to ASA, USB and USSEC directors, state association and QSSB leaders and staff, soybean producers wanting to assume a leadership position on a state or national level and college students seeking to further develop their organizational leadership skills.

A complete agenda for the 2014 Soybean Leadership College is coming soon. 

2014 Soybean Leadership College Sponsors

The 2014 Soybean Leadership College is sponsored by BASF and by the following checkoff organizations:


United Soybean Board
Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
Delaware Soybean Board
Illinois Soybean Board
Indiana Soybean Alliance
Iowa Soybean Association
Kansas Soybean Commission
Maryland Soybean Board
Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee
Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
Nebraska Soybean Board
New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association
North Carolina Soybean Producers Association
North Dakota Soybean Council
Ohio Soybean Council
South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council
Virginia Soybean Board
Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board
(*Sponsors as of October 1)

For more information about ASA’s Soybean Leadership College, contact Byron Keelin at 314-754-1355 or by email at