Young Leader Program

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Applicants Sought for 2014 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont Pioneer are seeking applicants for the 2014 Young Leader Program. Now in its historic 30th year, the ASA/DuPont Young Leader program is recognized throughout agriculture for its tradition of identifying and cultivating farmer leaders who are shaping not only the U.S. soybean industry but all of agriculture.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for persons who are interested in gaining knowledge to take that next step in leadership…Actual age is not a factor.

Criteria for selection to the ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program is as follows:

  1. Innovative soybean farmers 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 leader.
  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.

The ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program is designed for growers interested in assuming a position of leadership in the agricultural industry. Actual age is not a factor.

For Information, contact:
Christine Luelf
American Soybean Association
12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63141
Ph. 314-754-1291
cluelf@soy.org

Program Benefits
Young Leaders become valuable, active members of agricultural organizations and volunteer groups at state and local levels.

Many graduates of this leadership training program become officers of their State and or National Association Board of Directors. Other graduates become membership recruiters, key committee members, or membership directors.

Spouses learn more about the farm operation and industry issues that affect soybean growers and their families. Participants learn more about their personal leadership style and how to achieve a greater level of success in their business. Networking and camaraderie developed with other producers from 25 states and Canada helps build friendships that last a lifetime.

This seminar is an intensive course that is designed for the participants to enhance their leadership skills, as well as meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the country. Selected participants will be expected to dress in business casual attire while attending the program and should be prepared to discuss soybean industry related issues. The program is a business type endeavor. There is LIMITED free time and pre-arranged, scheduled time to visit Commodity Classic. The participants’ primary reason for being there is to attend Young Leader training.

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. Because of the training schedule, babies and young children are not allowed to attend the program or activities.

For Information, contact:
Christine Luelf
American Soybean Association
12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63141
Ph. 314-754-1291
cluelf@soy.org

Application

The 2014 Class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders has been selected. Information about the 2015 program will be posted here in the spring 2014.

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The ASA/DuPont Young Leader program is an in-depth, hands-on leadership training program designed for soybean growers and their spouses/partners (if applicable) interested in strengthening their existing leadership abilities for the betterment of soybean growers domestically and internationally. Training is designed to allow soybean grower participants to achieve greater success not only in their volunteer efforts but also in their business while meeting and learning from other Young Leaders from around the country.

The Young Leader Program is a two-part training program sponsored by DuPont Pioneer. All training related travel and lodging expenses for both the grower and spouse/partner participant will be covered.

ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario, and DuPont Pioneer will work together to identify their state’s representative. One couple or individual per state will be chosen to participate and selected participants must agree to attend both parts of the training.

For Information, contact:
Christine Luelf
American Soybean Association
12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63141
Ph. 314-754-1291
cluelf@soy.org