Applications are open until September 9, 2023.

The Young Leader Program, sponsored by ASA and Corteva Agriscience, provides training for actively-farming couples or individuals who are passionate about the possibilities of the future of agriculture. This two-phase training program is unique in that your spouse (if applicable), even if not employed full time on the farm, will be an active participant in all elements of the training.

Spouses, even those not employed full-time on the farm, are encouraged to attend and will be active participants in all elements of the program.

As a Young Leader participant you will:

  • Engage in leadership-focused training that impacts not only your farming operation but other organizations in which you serve
  • Gain tools to better enable you to tell your story
  • Connect with soybean farmers from the U.S. and Canada, creating valuable new agricultural relationships

Program dates:


Monday, November 27 - Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 at the Corteva Global Business Center in Johnston, Iowa


Tuesday, February 27 - Saturday, March 2, 2024 in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with Commodity Classic

Young Leaders not only enhances participants’ skills through leadership, communications, and issues-based training but also builds a strong peer network, generating increased success in their businesses and communities. Many graduates of this training program will assume leadership roles with their state and national soybean associations. Young Leader seminars feature intense coursework designed to enhance leadership skills for the benefit of not only soy but also the entire agricultural industry. Training, open to all ages 21 and up, is interactive and includes evening group activities. Young Leaders are expected to be active supporters of agriculture and participate fully in all training aspects and evening activities.

The ASA Corteva Agriscience Young Leader Program is for those young in leadership, regardless of age.

Questions? Contact the South Dakota Soybean office at (605) 330-9942.