Young Leader Program

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quint and leahThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2016 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program.

For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified and developed grower leaders that continue to shape the future of agriculture.

The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a challenging and educational two-part training program. Phase I of the training takes place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Dec. 1 – 4, 2015. The program continues March 1 – 4, 2016 in New Orleans, La., with training held in conjunction with the 21st annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

“The knowledge gained from the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program can directly be applied to make your operation more effective. Along with all of the information gained from the program, you make lifelong friends. The relationships that have come out of this program are priceless,” said former DYL participants Quint and Leah Pottinger, of Kentucky.

Grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply for the program which focuses on leadership and communication, agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario and DuPont, will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program.

For Information, contact:

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

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.