Young Leader Program

This program, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, is a two-part educational program for individuals and couples with an interest in agricultural leadership. Young Leaders was and continues to be a ground- breaker, recognizing the value both partners play in a farming operation even when one is employed off the farm.

ASA’s longest-running leadership program, Young Leaders was founded in 1984 and continues to set the bar for leadership training in agriculture, identifying and training new, innovative and engaged growers to serve as the voice of the American farmer. Participants commit to attend two training sessions, the second of which is held in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic trade show and conference.

Young Leaders not only enhances participants’ skills through leadership, communications, and issues-based training, but also builds a strong peer network, generating increased success in their businesses and communities. Many graduates of this training program will assume leadership roles with their state and national soybean associations. Young Leader seminars feature intense coursework designed to enhance leadership skills for the benefit of not only soy but also the entire agricultural industry. Training, open to all ages 21 and up, is interactive and includes evening group activities. Young Leaders are expected to be active supporters of agriculture and participate fully in all training aspects and evening activities.

For additional program information, contact your state affiliate office or Christine Luelf in the ASA office at 314-754-1291, or


See below for previous Young Leaders.