Date: August 21, 2013
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Wisconsin Soybean Farmer-Leader Don Lutz Attends National Leadership Development Program
Madison, WI, August 21, 2013 — Don Lutz, a soybean grower from Scandinavia, WI, joined 14 other state association leaders to participate in the Leadership At Its Best program. Part I of the program, co-sponsored by American Soybean Association and Syngenta, was recently held in Minneapolis, MN. This leadership development training provides soybean growers the skills necessary to be an effective voice for U.S. growers. Participants were trained in media relations, public speaking skills, soybean industry policy issues, future trends, social media training and organizational leadership. They also networked with fellow participating growers representing the National Corn Growers Association.
“It is wonderful to come to Leadership At Its Best and witness the devotion these leaders have for the soybean industry,” said ASA First Vice President, Ray Gaesser. “Because they are willing to invest their valuable time in Leadership At Its Best, I have no doubts that they will be even stronger leaders and spokespersons for U.S. soybean growers.”
Part II of Leadership At Its Best will be held in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the ASA National Board meeting, March 10-12, 2014. During that time, Lutz, along with the other participants in the program, will continue leadership development training and meet with members of Congress from their state to discuss key policy issues affecting soybean producers and the soybean industry.
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About Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA): Founded in 1972, the Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA) is a grassroots, farmer-led, membership organization. Since the soybean checkoff is prohibited by law from lobbying, WSA works to ensure that sound policies are in place to enhance the future of soybean farming. We work on behalf of our 1,200 members to positively impact regulatory and legislative issues on a local, state and national level. For more information, visit www.wisoybean.org.
About American Soybean Association (ASA) represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.