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Applicants sought for ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont Pioneer are seeking applicants for the 2016 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 has been a game changer for not only the soybean industry but all of agriculture," said ASA President Wade Cowan (Texas). "The program provides industry-leading training that helps unleash participant's leadership potential while fostering collaboration among farmers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Grower participants gain experience and build life-long friendships. From the time the program began in 1984, it has recognized the important roles that women and young farmers play in agriculture and we are proud of the strength of that heritage. We're also extremely grateful to DuPont for their longstanding support of the program."

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, December 1-4, 2015. The program continues March 1-4, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana, with training held in conjunction with the 21st Annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

"DuPont is committed to our continued partnership with the American Soybean Association in support of the DuPont Young Leader program," said Jim Hay, director, North America Crop Protection. "Every year we look forward to meeting and working with the class of talented young soybean leaders who will help define the future of agriculture's success."

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.

"Throughout both phases of the DuPont Young Leader program, one lesson that really stood out is for all producers to get out and inform people on agriculture," said Matt Doss, Michigan's 2015 ASA DuPont Young Leader. "Most importantly, we need to build relationships with our politician's both in our districts and in urban districts to ensure government policy allows U.S. agriculture to grow and maintain a competitive advantage in the world economy. This program has made me realize that as a soybean producer I need to look at the whole picture and not just what is going on at our farming operations."

Selection criteria for the ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program are as follows:

• 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.

• Active supporters of agriculture with an interest in serving as soybean industry leaders.

• Demonstrated natural resources stewardship using best management and conservation practices.

• Members of their state soybean association.

• Participants must be at least 21 years old.

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.

Applications are being accepted online now! Visit this site for the application and more information regarding the program: