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Apply Now for 2019-20 ASA Young Leader Program
Michigan Ag Connection - 07/12/2019

The Michigan Soybean Association is encouraging young farmers to apply for the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience 2019-20 Young Leader Program.

The Young Leader Program, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience and ASA, is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. The women and men who participate in this program are the leaders who shape the future of agriculture.

"The training and interaction with fellow growers and ASA leaders this past year has been an invaluable asset to me personally, and a source of new ideas and avenues for my family farm," Stuart Sanderson (AL), Class of '19 said.

Phase I of the 2019-20 Young Leader program takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana Dec. 3-6, 2019. The program continues Feb. 25--29 in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

"The Young Leader program has had a tremendous impact on agriculture and we are grateful to Corteva Agriscience for continuing to invest in our future leaders," ASA President Davie Stephens said. "The program encouraged and trained many soybean farmers guiding the industry today. The Young Leader program is special because it focuses on building the grower's potential, while helping create meaningful and lifelong relationships with growers from across the U.S. and Canada."

"We loved being a part of a program that encourages young leaders in agriculture," said 2018 YLP participant Michelle Washburn, who farms in Shiawassee County with her husband Brian. "It's exciting learning from and networking with young farmers across the United States. It was an honor to be a part of representing Michigan."

Soybean grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply for the program, which focuses on leadership and communication, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. Spouses, even those not employed full-time on farm, are encouraged to attend and will be active participants in all elements of the program. ASA, its 26 state affiliates, the Grain Farmers of Ontario and Corteva Agriscience will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program.

"The young leader program cultivates agriculture advocates and has played a pivotal role in developing the next generation of engaged grower leaders for over three decades. Corteva Agriscience is proud of our longstanding collaboration with the American Soybean Association and is proud to support the young leader program," said Matt Rekeweg, U.S. Industry Affairs Leader.

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! Deadline is Sept. 1, Visit this site for the application and more information regarding the program: soygrowers.com/learn/young-leader-program/

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