Soybean Leadership College
Soybean Leadership College provides opportunities for future and current soybean industry grower-leaders and state staff to learn how to engage soybean producers, consumers, legislators, government officials and media, to more effectively tell the story of agriculture.
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Why You Should Attend Soybean Leadership College?
American agriculture is constantly changing. New farming technologies, government regulations, biotechnology approvals, market opportunities, and threats from outside groups endanger producer’s “Freedom to Operate.”
In order to manage these challenges, soybean organizations must have strong leaders that can provide sound strategic direction; effectively explain their farming practices to industry and consumer groups; promote the promise of new biotechnology; share knowledge of international and domestic markets with other soybean producers and they must be able to have conversations that refute the myths about modern farming practices.
The American Soybean Association’s State Leaders Summit and Soybean Leadership College are the “premiere” soybean leadership development programs in our industry providing today’s and tomorrow’s leaders the training needed promote the industry and effectively communicate key messages to expand U.S. soybean producer’s market opportunities and increase profitability. The programs focus is on four key leadership development areas:
- Emerging trends and issues and the development of a collaborative plan to promote and protect soybean producers
- Organizational leadership
- Communications skills with an emphasis on presentation or media training
- Industry issues sessions including the latest trends and issues affecting soybean producers
What is Soybean Leadership College?
Soybean Leadership College is a two-day training program designed for both current and future leaders including: American Soybean Association (ASA), United Soybean Board (USB), United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and state Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs) and future soybean growers with a desire to assume a leadership position on a state or national level. College students seeking to further their leadership skills are also encouraged to attend.
Through networking and education, the program creates a working foundation for better cooperation and communication between state and national soybean organizations, increases the effectiveness of current leaders and identify new leaders as well as providing participants with skills to be used every day. The Soybean Leadership College also provides all attendees an opportunity to develop lasting relationships and network socially with grower leaders in other states.
Soybean Leadership College Program Goals
- Promote and build stronger state and national soybean organizations
- Enhance communication and cooperation
- Educate and provide soybean growers and key staff with skills and management systems that result in more proactive and effective industry leadership
- Advance the understanding of new uses and new markets for U.S. soy
Who should attend Soybean Leadership College?
The Soybean Leadership College education program is a two-day training program for all soybean leaders or leaders serving in the following organizations:
- American Soybean Association
- United Soybean Board
- United State Soybean Export Council
- State QSSBs
- State Associations
The Soybean Leadership College is also open to soybean producers seeking to assume a leadership position in a state or national organization, university students serving in leadership roles, FFA and agriculture fraternities.
Soybean Leadership College Sponsors
ASA thanks the following corporate partners, national checkoff and state QSSB organizations for sponsoring the 2015 Soybean Leadership College:
National Checkoff Sponsor
- United Soybean Board
State QSSB Sponsors (List represents states that have committed sponsorship as of Sept. 1, 2014)
- Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
- Delaware Soybean Board
- Illinois Soybean Board
- Indiana Soybean Alliance
- Iowa Soybean Association
- Kansas Soybean Commission
- Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board
- 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 Council
- Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board
- Virginia Soybean Board