Apply for the Young Leader Program

The South Dakota Soybean Association, the American Soybean Association, and Pioneer, a DuPont Business are currently accepting applications for the 2012 ASA/DuPont Young Leader program.  Interested participants should apply on-line at

The program is designed for soybean growers married or single, who are interested in developing their leadership skills. Spouses are included in all aspects of the program and the knowledge gained is beneficial in any setting- whether on the farm or off.

Young Leaders become valuable, active members of agricultural organizations and volunteer groups at state and local levels. Many graduates of the program go on to become officers of their State and/or National Soybean Association Board of Directors.  Other graduates become membership recruiters, or key committee members.  Spouses learn more about the farm operation, their personal leadership style, and how to achieve a greater level of success.

Networking and camaraderie developed with other growers representing 26 soybean producing states and Canada, helps build friendships and working relationships that last a lifetime.

Interested applicants must commit to attending two phases of training. Part I will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2011 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, IA, and Part II will be held Feb. 28-March 3, 2012 in Nashville, TN.

To see additional applicant requirements, please go to or contact ASA at 314-754-1328 or msiegel@soy.orgDeadline to apply is October 4, 2011.