Soybean Leadership College

ASA’s Soybean Leadership College Attendees Discuss Science, Trends and Ag Challenges in Orlando


Soybean Leadership College social media reporters selected by Farm Credit participate in the Pirate Adventure. (L-R) Rachel Lium, Josie Burgett and Kennedy Core.

Agricultural enthusiasts, leaders and college students attended American Soybean Association’s (ASA) 16th annual Soybean Leadership College (SLC) in Orlando, January 2016.

Founded in 2001, SLC provides current and future agricultural industry leaders with training to effectively promote the soybean industry, communicate key agricultural messages and work to expand U.S. soybean market opportunities domestically and internationally.


Jayson Lusk, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair, Oklahoma University, during his panel discussion on “Agricultural Trends – The Big Picture.”

Approximately 120 attendees heard several panel discussions from Jayson Lusk, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, who discussed current and future agricultural trends; Kevin Folta, Ph.D., University of Florida, who spoke on science and its impact on agriculture; Shane Meeker, Proctor & Gamble, who presented on storytelling for businesses and author and David Okerlund, speaker and professional speech coach, who discussed on making the best of a challenge in agriculture.

SLC attendees also attended breakout sessions on soybean sustainability, financial management and social media for farming.

To learn more or for information about next year’s conference, contact Christine Luelf at 314-754-1291 or email at

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logo-SLCDesigned for current and future leaders of the American Soybean Association (ASA), United Soybean Board (USB), United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs) and University Students, the program offers something for everyone.

ASA thanks the following corporate partners, national checkoff and state QSSB organizations for sponsoring the 2016 Soybean Leadership College:

National Checkoff Sponsor

United Soybean Board

Corporate Partners:







State QSSB Sponsors


  • Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
  • Delaware Soybean Board
  • Illinois Soybean Association
  • Indiana Soybean Alliance
  • Iowa Soybean Association
  • Kansas Soybean Commission
  • Kentucky Soybean 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 Research and Promotion Council
  • Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board
  • Texas Soybean Board
  • Virginia Soybean Board