Columbus farmer brings curiosity to ASA Young Leader Program

Categories: WSA, WSMBPublished On: October 17, 20231.9 min read

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The next generation of leaders is getting ready to dive into the world of soybeans. 

In Wisconsin, Danny Brisky has stepped up to the plate to represent the Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA) in the American Soybean Association (ASA) Corteva Agriscience Young Leader Program. 

“A friend of mine told me about the program and after looking into it, I thought the program would be a great networking opportunity,” Brisky said. “I’m curious to learn about the opportunities available, especially within WSA.” 

Brisky, who grows corn and soybeans near Columbus, became interested in farming from a young age after realizing his first career choice likely wouldn’t take flight. 

“I knew I wanted to farm ever since about fifth grade when I realized I probably wasn’t going to make it in the NBA,” said Brisky, who farms alongside his three uncles. 

Focused on leadership and communication, agriculture trends and information and the development of a strong and connected network, the Young Leader program identifies and trains new, innovative and engaged growers to serve as the voice of the American farmer. The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board supports emerging farmers through checkoff support of the prestigious program.   

“For 40 years the Young Leader program has helped identify and train soybean farmers to be leaders in the industry,” said Illinois soybean grower and ASA President Daryl Cates. “The program has had a tremendous impact on soybean advocacy, and you’ll find graduates of the program in various positions throughout the industry. Three members of the current ASA Executive Committee are graduates of the program.” 

Phase I of the 2023-24 Young Leader program takes place Nov. 27-30 at Corteva’s Global Business Center in Johnston, Iowa. The program continues Feb. 27-March 1, 2024, in Houston in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. 

With ample development opportunities available through the program, Brisky is ready to jump in. 

“I’m looking forward to meeting like-minded people from across the country and expanding my horizons,” Brisky said. “Through this program, I hope to build confidence in myself and around new people.”   

Along with farming, Brisky works as a crop insurance agent for Compeer Financial and is a swine and crop leader for the Astico Perseverance 4-H club. He is also a Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil – Healthy Water member.