Leadership At Its Best

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Calling for Candidates for the 2016
Leadership At Its Best Program


*Application Period Now Closed*

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is seeking candidates for the 2015-16 Leadership At Its Best program, sponsored by Syngenta. The program is designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership training and the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level.

Leadership At Its Best is a two-part training program that includes advanced leadership, agricultural issues, communications and media training, culminating in Washington, D.C. with Capitol Hill visits. The candidate must be a current director or committee chair who has expressed a strong desire to assume a top leadership position AND must be able to attend both parts of the program:

  • Part I   Aug. 10-14, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Part II  March 13-15, 2016* in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the ASA Board Meeting.
*Dates dependent upon final March 2016 ASA Board of Directors meetings

Please contact Michelle Hummel at mhummel@soy.org if you have any questions regarding the program.  State Selection Forms are due by Friday, May 22, 2015.  (Applicaton Period Now Closed) 

About Leadership at Its Best

Through the years, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has developed and maintained a base of farmer leaders that effectively addresses national policy issues impacting soybean farming. Through ongoing training, a corps of state and national ASA leaders has evolved into an effective voice in Washington, D.C. in the interest of soybeans and U.S. agriculture.

The ASA leadership development program known as ASA/Syngenta Leadership At Its Best is the distinguished and specialized training curriculum that develops a key group of state and national leaders who can effectively address Congress and the media on policy issues impacting soybean farmers.

The ongoing benefits of leadership development are evidenced as state leaders utilize their training and their experiences to make a difference in American agriculture, while advancing into leadership positions on the national level. Celebrating its 22nd year, over 400 ASA members have already graduated from this program.

“This program is a great way to sharpen your communications skills, focus your commitment to agriculture, and network with influential farmers from across the nation,” said 2012 graduate Tom Price. “The education I received not only helped me personally, but has given me some tools to give back something to a way of life that has provided me so much.”

“Syngenta has the opportunity through this program to strengthen the skills of these future leaders to become strong advocates for ASA and agriculture,” said Syngenta Head, External Relations, Rex Martin.

Leadership at Its Best 2014-15

LAIB15 Grads

Farmers from 11 states graduated from the 2014-15 ASA Leadership At Its Best program in early March 2015, in Washington, D.C. The Leadership At Its Best program is sponsored by Syngenta and develops leadership, communication and advocacy skills in farmers who have already shown potential to be strong leaders through the positions they hold on their state soybean association boards. This select group of farmer-leaders participated in the first part of the Leadership At Its Best training this past summer in Greensboro, N.C. In March, their training focused primarily on how to advocate for issues important to soybean farmers in Washington. The class participants concluded their visit to the Capitol with a day of Hill visits with their state associations.

ASA appreciates Syngenta’s continued support of this valuable educational opportunity and congratulates this year’s Leadership At Its Best Class on successful completion of the program. Graduates of this class included Mike Bertram (WI), Dan Brandt (MN), Matthew Chapman (IN), Alex Forsbach (TN), Wayne Fredericks (IA), Adam Graham (OH), David Hartz (ND), AJ Hood (AR), Jonathan Miller (KY), Ronnie Russell (MO) and Matt Stutzman (MI).

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