The Nebraska Soybean Association, the American Soybean Association and Pioneer Hi-Bred are accepting applications for the 2013 ASA/DuPont Young Leader program. Those interested in applying should do so on-line at www.soygrowers.com/dyl. The program is in its 29th year.
"The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program," says ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean producer from Syracuse. "The knowledge gained from this program can be put to use immediately--not only in business, but personally as well. Soybean producers who are looking to take on future leadership roles at the state and/or national level should pursue this training as the first step on their journey."
The 2013 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in an educational leadership experience Nov. 27-30 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and Feb. 26-March 2, 2013 in Kissimmee, Fla., coinciding with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. This program offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills, as well as meet and learn from other young leaders from around the country.
Young Leaders become valuable, active members of agricultural organizations and volunteer groups at state and local levels, Wellman says. Many graduates of the program go on to become officers of their state and/or national soybean association board.
"The Young Leader program provided us a great opportunity to network with other soybean leaders from across the U.S. as well as the opportunity to build upon our leadership skills for future roles both on and off the farm" says Nathan and Stacy Dorn of Hickman. The Dorns were the 2012 Nebraska Young Leaders.
Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15. You can apply online at www.soygrowers.com/dyl. One couple or individual will be selected to represent Nebraska in the program.