The Nebraska Soybean Board is once again collaborating with the American Soybean Association and DuPont Pioneer in supporting the Young Leader Program. The program, now in its 30th year, identifies and cultivates farmer leaders who “will shape not only the U.S. soybean industry, but also all of agriculture.”
Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15.
“The Young Leader program provided us a great opportunity to network with other soybean producers as well as enhancing our leadership skills for future leadership roles both on and off the farm,” says Shane and Nicole Greving of Chapman, the 2013 Nebraska Young Leaders. “We also made numerous friendships with other couple from around the U.S. with whom we have a lot in common.”
“The Young Leader Program has had a significant impact on the soybean industry,” according to Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss. The training has a ‘real-world’ factor, providing a significant impact on their businesses as well.”
The 2014 class, when selected, will participate in a two-part training program. The 2014 class of ASA/DuPont Young Leaders will meet for the first time at Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 19-22, 2013. The program will continue Feb. 25-March 1, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, with training held in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.
Those interested in the program can apply at www.soygrowers.com/dyl, or they can contact the Nebraska Soybean Association at 402-441-3239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASA and its 26 state affiliates, along with DuPont Pioneer, will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of the program.