Leadership At Its Best

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Leadership At Its Best program

The American Soybean Association (ASA)’s  Leadership At Its Best program is 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. Candidates must be a current director or committee chair who has expressed a strong desire to assume a top leadership position.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Michelle Hummel at mhummel@soy.org.

A new Leadership At Its Best Class began Phase 1 of a their two-part training program in Minneapolis this August.

2017-18 Leadership At Its Best Class

  • James Hereford (AL)
  • Derek Helms (AR)
  • Jim Martin (IL)
  • Tim Bardole (IA)
  • Andy Alford (KY)
  • Jamie Beyer (MN)
  • Gip Carter (MS)
  • Brett Medlin (NC)
  • Greg Gussiaas (ND)
  • Ryan Rhoades (OH)
  • Joshua Kayser (SD)
  • Don Holbert (TN)
  • Tony Mellenthin (WI)

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 2016-17
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2017 Leadership At Its Best Class: Front row (L to R): Laurie Isley, MI; Chris Naylor, N.C.; Scott Metzger, OH; Leon Dorn, NE; and Morey Hill, IA. Back row (L to R): Casey Youngerman, TN; Howard Reyburn, PA; Brent Gatton, KY; Peter Rost, Jr., MO; Brandon Wipf, S.D.; Paul Dahlseng, MN; Craig Williams, IN; John Mark Looney, MS; and Ryan Findlay, N.A. Industry Relations Lead with Syngenta.

Farmer-leaders from 13 states graduated from the 2016-17 American Soybean Association (ASA) Leadership At Its Best program this week near Washington, D.C. The Leadership At Its Best program is sponsored by Syngenta and develops valuable leadership, communication and advocacy skills in farmers who have already shown potential to be strong leaders through the positions they hold with their state soybean organizations. This select group of farmer-leaders participated in the first part of their Leadership At Its Best training this past summer in Greensboro, N.C. This week, their training focused primarily on development of stronger communications skills, increasing their understanding of how policies are formed in Washington, D.C., and learning how to advocate for issues important to soybean farmers. The class participants concluded their training with a day of Hill visits with their state soybean associations.

Leadership At Its Best Program participants are nominated by their state soybean association. This year’s class participants included: Craig Williams, Oaktown, Ind.; Morey Hill, Madrid, Iowa; Brent Gatton, Bremen, Ky.; Laurie Isley, Palmyra, Miss.; Howard Reyburn, Oxford, Pa.; Paul Dahlseng, Starbuck, Minn.; John Mark Looney, Leland, Miss.; Peter Rost, Jr., New Madrid, Mo.; Leon Dern, Firth, Neb.; Christopher Naylor, Clinton, N.C.; Scott Metzger, Williamsport, Ohio; Brandon Wipf, Huron, S.D.; and Casey Youngerman, Lexington, Tenn.

ASA appreciates the continued support provided by Syngenta that makes this valuable leadership program possible.

Leadership at Its Best 2015-16

Farmers from 15 states graduated from the 2015-2016 American Soybean Association (ASA) Leadership At Its Best program this week 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 Minneapolis, Minn. This week, 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.

Seated in the first row (left to right) – Christopher Hill, Caleb Ragland, Elaine Gillis, Joe Ericson, Adam Cloninger, Shane Greving and Brian McKenzie. Second row (left to right) – ASA President Richard Wilkins, Bill Shipley, Robert Alpers, John Krutzfeldt, Hunter Grills, Kerrick Wilson, Cory Atkins and Ryan Findlay, Industry Affairs Lead with Syngenta

Seated in the first row (left to right) – Christopher Hill, Caleb Ragland, Elaine Gillis, Joe Ericson, Adam Cloninger, Shane Greving and Brian McKenzie.
Second row (left to right) – ASA President Richard Wilkins, Bill Shipley, Robert Alpers, John Krutzfeldt, Hunter Grills, Kerrick Wilson, Cory Atkins and Ryan Findlay, Industry Affairs Lead with Syngenta

Leadership At Its Best Program participants are nominated by their state soybean association. This year’s class participants included: Adam Cloninger, Keo, AR; Cory Atkins, Seaford, DE; Elaine Gillis, Dunkirk, IN; Bill Shipley, Nodaway, IA; Caleb Ragland, Magnolia, KY; Brian McKenzie, Cassopolis, MI; Christopher Hill, Brewster, MN; Robert Alpers, Prairie Home, MO; Shane Grieving, Chapman, NE; Joe Ericson, Wimbledon, ND; Kerrick Wilson, Sommerville, OH; Cliff Barron, Johnsonville, SC; John Krutzfeldt, Wolsey, SD; Hunter Grills, Newbern, TN and Brad Kremer, Pittsville, WI.

 

Leadership at Its Best 2014-15


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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).