Applicants Sought for 2014 DuPont Young Leader Program

August 20, 2015

The North Dakota Soybean Growers Association (NDSGA) is seeking applicants for the 2014 American Soybean Association/DuPont Young Leader Program. The application deadline is October 1, 2013.

The program is designed for soybean farmers, 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 or off the farm. Young Leaders become valuable, active members of agricultural organizations and volunteer groups at local and state levels.

Many graduates of the program go on to become officers of state and national soybean association boards. Since the program began in 1984, many North Dakota program graduates have gone on to become state board members and officers.

A challenging and educational two-part training program, the 2014 class of DuPont Young Leaders will meet for the first time at Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 19-22. The program will continue Feb. 25-March 1, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, with training held in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

The ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program offers the opportunity for participants to strengthen and build upon their natural leadership skills, to meet and learn with other young leaders from around the country, and to expand their agricultural knowledge.

Applications are being accepted online at

Selection Criteria

  • Up-and-coming, innovative soybean farms who are looking to participate in a leadership program that will give them the building blocks to take on bigger leadership roles. Applicants must show assertive leadership qualities demonstrated through community activities, production/marketing or soybeans, or other areas of responsibility.
  • Active support of agriculture and interest in serving as a NDSGA board member.
  • Membership in NDSGA.