Matthew and Brandy King of Central City have been selected as the Nebraska Soybean Association's 2014 Young Leader couple.
The Young Leader Program is sponsored by the American Soybean Association and DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred. It is designed to recognize and strengthen leadership in the agricultural community as well as cultivate producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.
The Kings are involved in the family farming operation in Merrick County where they raise irrigated soybeans, seed corn and commercial corn and have a cow-calf operation.
Matthew has a degree from the John Deere Ag Technology program from Southeast Community College in Milford. Brandy is a special education teacher at Fullerton Public Schools and is a graduate of Concordia University.
They are involved with the Merrick County Ag Society, and Matthew is an officer with the local American Legion post. The top issues facing agriculture today are maintaining and increasing our export sales abroad and moving forward with continued research and approvals of new soybean varieties as well as research with weed resistance.
The Kings will join the 2014 class of Young Leaders, which is made up of selected leaders from each soybean producing state, as they participate in an educational leadership experience later this month at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. They will complete the second part of training Feb. 25-March 1 in in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic.
Jason Lavene of Bertrand, NSA Young Leader committee chairman, says the program has been instrumental in helping to identify and develop some of the top soybean industry leaders in the state. Several past winners have gone on to serve in leadership positions in state and national organizations.
Source: Nebraska Soybean Association