Time is running out!
The Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA) continues seeking the next generation of leaders to represent them in the American Soybean Association (ASA) Corteva Young Leaders Program. Applications are being accepted online through Sept. 22.
“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.”
Soybean growers, both individuals and couples, are encouraged to apply for the program, which focuses on leadership and communication, agriculture trends and information, and the development of a strong and connected network; many graduates of the program will assume leadership roles with their state and national soybean associations.
“I really learned a lot from this program and enjoyed meeting the other people in the program,” said Jake Steffes, a Mineral Point farmer who graduated as a Young Leader as part of the 2022-23 Class. “After completing this program, I feel a lot more confident that I want to be involved.”
Phase I of the 2023-24 Young Leader program will take 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.
WSA’s support ensures that the next generation of leaders have the tools available to them to succeed and bring their knowledge back to Wisconsin, benefiting the agriculture industry.
“We need to encourage the next generation to participate in programs like the ASA Corteva Young Leader Program to ensure a strong tomorrow for our organization,” said WSA President Sara Stelter. “This program is a wonderful opportunity for WSA to support future leaders in our industry.”