SD Soybean Farmer-Leader Attends National Leadership Development Program

Part I of the Leadership At Its Best Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta and the American Soybean Association, was held last week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John Horter, a farmer from Andover, SD, joined 14 other state association leaders to participate in advanced leadership training. This leadership development training provides the skills necessary to be an effective voice for the U.S. soybean farmer. Participants were trained in media relations, public speaking skills, soybean industry policy issues, future trends, social media training and organizational leadership. They also networked with fellow participating producers representing the National Corn Growers Association.

John Horter, farmer from Andover, participated in the Leadership At Its Best program.

John Horter, farmer from Andover, participated in the Leadership At Its Best program.

“It is wonderful to come to Leadership At Its Best and witness the devotion these leaders have for the soybean industry,” says ASA First Vice President, Ray Gaesser. “Because they are willing to invest their valuable time in Leadership At Its Best, I have no doubts that they will be even stronger leaders and spokespersons for U.S. soybean growers.”

Part II of Leadership At Its Best will be held in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the ASA National Board meeting, March 10-12, 2014. During that time, Horter, along with the other participants in the program, will continue leadership development training and meet with members of Congress from their state to discuss key policy issues affecting soybean producers and the soybean industry.