SD Soybean Genesis Leaders Program: Class III Recap

March 21, 2024

The South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council has partnered with South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership, the premier ag leadership development organization in the state, to offer the Soybean Genesis Leaders Program exclusively for soybean growers. Through a series of four one-day seminars, Soybean Genesis Leaders Program is designed to give active members of the soybean industry a deep foundation in leadership skills and industry knowledge, positioning class participants for growth in their operations and careers.

Class 3 (2023-24) of Soybean Genesis Leaders got off to a great start at the first seminar on Dec. 15, 2023, in Sioux Falls. The group gathered at the Raven Industries training center for a seminar focused on leadership and the organizations that support soybean growers, including SD Soybean Research and Promotion Council, SD Soybean Association, American Soybean Association, United Soybean Board, US Soybean Export Council, and World Initiative for Soy in Human Health.

Full Seminar 1 Recap

The second seminar focused on the legislative process and was held on Jan. 19, 2024, in Pierre. Class members had a close look at state government and the legislative process, including a visit to the Capitol for a briefing with Governor Kristi Noem and Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden. The group had an excellent day in Pierre and a unique opportunity to meet with a variety of people who work together to address the issues affecting the ag economy in South Dakota.

Full Seminar 2 Recap

Seminar 3 saw the Genesis Leaders class head to Brookings on Feb. 16, 2024, covering the topics of innovation and forward focus. The group had speakers, tours, and discussions about new and potential uses for soybean products, and the anticipated changes in markets for which producers need to be ready.

Full Seminar 3 Recap

The Soybean Genesis Leaders Program concluded on March 15, 2024, in Watertown. With a theme of leadership readiness, program participants were challenged to consider where their next leadership development opportunity might arise. Finally, the group had a graduation ceremony where they received Certificates of Completion from SDARL and SD Soybean.

Full Seminar 4 Recap

Article written and provided by SDARL.