Young Leader Program

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Explore Issues, Marketing During Training

The 33rd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, Feb. 28 – MDYL1arch 3, 2017 in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.

“For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified new and emerging leaders for the soybean industry. The program provides training that strengthens their voices while networking opportunities create a connected and more collaborative organization,” said ASA President Ron Moore. “We’re grateful to DuPont Pioneer and DuPont for their commitment to this program and for helping secure the future of the soybean industry.”

While in San Antonio, the Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.

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The 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leaders met in San Antonio for Phase II of training. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy

The 2017 Class of Young Leaders includes:  Cade Grace (AL); Layne & Ryane Miles (AR); Brock Willard (IL); Jonathan & Derika Spaetti (IN); Alex Brownlee (IA); Casey Schlichting (IA); Brandon & Blair Geiger (KS); Brett Neibling (KS); Kyle Bugg (KY); Mike & Lindsey Gaspard (LA); Angela & Wenceslaus Provost (LA); Andrew Crawford (MI); Matthew & Jessica Swoish (MI); Trevore Brekken (MN); Chad & Monica McCollough (MO); Blake Hokamp (NE); Leslie Hamilton & Dan Stein (NY); Greg Manning & Jessica Harris (NC); Kasey Bitz (ND); Trish Levering (OH); Jean Lam (OK); Jeff & Janie Harrison (Ontario, Canada); Justin & Jessica Rivers (SC); Nick & Shelly Lorang (SD); Rob Holman (TN); Doug & Britni Singleteary (TN); Grayson Kirby & Cindy Dykes (VA); Wes & Amanda Marshall (VA) and Tony & Katie Mellenthin (WI).DYL2

“This year’s class is a remarkable group of young leaders,” said Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer vice president, business director — U.S. & Canada.  Reno spent time with the growers when they were in Johnston earlier this year and then again at Commodity Classic.  “This year’s class has focused significant energy into taking on the challenges facing our industry.  I’m proud of our continued commitment to this program and impressed by the leadership skills being demonstrated already by these young leaders.”

Here’s what past DuPont Young Leaders say about the program: 

“We had no idea what an impact the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program would have on us. We have sharpened our communication and leadership skills, gained confidence in our ability to advocate, and made lifelong friendships with other farmers across the country. So many new opportunities have opened up to us in the past year, and it all started with the Young Leader Program.” – Class of 2016 alumni Adam and Lindsey Hendricks, of Kentucky.

“The DuPont Young Leader Program actually launched my leadership career. The program taught me skills to succeed on soybean boards, other boards and on the farm.  The program is invaluable. My son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Jodie More, also attended the DYL program and acquired many new skills as well. The program is a wonderful teaching tool for people young in leadership. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in the program.”- Class of 2003 alumna Annie Dee, of Alabama. 

“The DYL program was the starting point for me in my leadership role not only in the American Soybean Association, but in local ag issues as well. The training received helped me to be more confident in my abilities to work with others for common goals.”-Class of 2003 alumnus Kevin Hoyer, of Wisconsin. 

For Information, contact your state affiliate office or:

Christine Luelf
American Soybean Association
12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63141
Ph. 314-754-1291
cluelf@soy.org

Meet the 2016 Class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Explore Issues, Marketing 

The 32nd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, March 1 – 5, 2016 in New Orleans, La. in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.DYL3

“For many years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has filled the critical role of identifying new and emerging leaders in the soybean industry and then training them to be strong voices and advocates for agriculture,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins. “We’re grateful to DuPont Pioneer and DuPont for their commitment to this program and for helping secure the future of the soybean industry.’

DYL5While in New Orleans, the Young Leaders completed the second phase of the program with leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet. The group began their leadership journey at DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa in November for the first phase of a program designed to identify new and aspiring leaders and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and network with other growers.

“The ASA DuPont Young Leader program has a proud tradition of developing strong advocates for American agriculture,” said Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer vice president, regional business director – US & Canada. “Having had the opportunity to spend some time with them, I can say that this year’s class is carrying forward that tradition of excellence, and we appreciate their commitment to the Young Leader program.”DYL6

The 2016 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders include: Brady Peek, Ala.; Derek Holden and Amanda Crangle, Ark.; Jeff and Dianne Barlow, Canada; Aaron and Melanie Thompson, Del.; Brian Ogletree, Ga.; Alan and Kara Hill, Ill.; John Wildermuth, Ind.; Ethon Smith and Ally Legett, Iowa.; Matthew Atkinson and Mary Ann Ross, Kan.; Ben and Katie Furnish, Ky.; Adam and Lindsey Hendricks, Ky.; Vincent and Krysten Cannatella, La.; Nikolaj Morris and Crystal Johnson, La.; Mike Opificius, Mich.; Rodd and Jamie Beyer, Minn.; Taylor and Rebecca Tesch, Minn.; Paul Muirhead, Miss.; Andrew and Jennifer Lance, Mo.; John and Stephanie Thompson, Mo.; Wade and Abby Walters, Neb.; Brett Medlin, N.C.;  Greg and Monica Gussiaas, N.D.; Luke Ryan, OH.; Joshua and Kara Kayser, S.D.; Don Holbert, Tenn.; Brett Wightman, Va.; John and Julie Mills, Va.; and Rochelle and Evan Schnadt, Wis.

Photo credit: Joe Murphy

The ASA DuPont Young Leader class of 2015-16 completed their training in New Orleans, La. in March. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy

Meet the 2015 Class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders

The 31st class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, Feb. 24 – 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

“The DuPont Young Leader Program fills a critical role in the soybean industry by identifying new and emerging leaders and then training them to be strong voices and advocates for agriculture,” said Wade Cowan, ASA President. “We’re grateful to DuPont Pioneer and DuPont for their commitment to this program and for helping secure the future of the soybean industry. After spending time with this year’s class, I can assure you the soybean industry is in good hands.” DYL15

While in Phoenix, the Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.

The 2015 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders participating in the Phoenix training includes: Kyle Bridgeforth, Ala.; Dave McEacheren, Canada; Nick Wurl, Ill.; Adam & Hannah Steen, Ind.; Morey & Rhonda Hill, Iowa; Andrew & LaVell Winsor, Kan; Andrew & Jenny Alford, Ky.; Brennan & Serena Gilkison, Ky,; Odis & Tammy Hill, La.; Matthew Doss & Stephanie Francis, Mich.; Aaron Yaggie, Minn.; Ryan & Wendy Wondercheck, Minn.; John Mark Looney, Miss.; Bill Hayen, Mo.; Amanda & Dustin Fairley, Neb.; Brent Svoboda, Neb.; Brad Macauley, N.Y.; Christopher & Cherish Naylor, N.C.; Jarred Billadeau, N.D.; Dan & Cindy Sturgill, Ohio; Cliff & Hailey Barron, S.C.; Antron Williams, S.C.; Brandon Wipf, S.D.; John Dodson & Kristi Kosman, Tenn.; Glenn & Amanda Dye, Va.; and Brad & Nicole Kremer, Wis.

“Commodity Classic provided an ideal venue for the ASA DuPont Young Leaders to continue to strengthen their leadership skills and learn more about the policies that impact agriculture,” said DuPont Pioneer Sr. Industry Relations Manager Randy Wanke. “We have been very impressed with the caliber of the 31st class of Young Leaders and greatly appreciate ASA’s commitment to leadership development.”

Meet the 2014 Class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders

Program Benefits

Young Leaders enhance their leadership skills and build a strong peer network leading to increased success in their business, leadership and community.

Many graduates of this leadership training program assume roles on their state and national soybean associations.

This seminar is an intense course designed to enhance leadership skills for the future benefit of the entire agricultural industry. The training is interactive and includes evening group meals and activities. Young Leaders and their spouses are expected to participate fully in all training aspects and evening activities.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for persons who are interested in gaining knowledge to take that next step in leadership…Actual age is not a factor.

Criteria for selection to the ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program is as follows:

  1. Innovative soybean farmers interested in growing their existing skills for future leadership positions. Applicants must show strong leadership qualities demonstrated through production/marketing of soybeans and community activities.
  2. Active supporters of agriculture with an interest in serving as a soybean industry leader.
  3. Demonstrated natural resources stewardship using best management and conservation practices
  4. Members of their state soybean association.
  5. Participants must be at least 21 years old.

The ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program is designed for growers interested in assuming a position of leadership in the agricultural industry. Actual age is not a factor.