Association Seeks Young Leader Program Applicants

August 20, 2015

The North Dakota Soybean Growers Association (NDSGA) is seeking applicants for the 2016 American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leader program. For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified and developed grower leaders who truly shape the future of agriculture.

“The ASA DuPont Young Leader program has been a game changer for not only the soybean industry but all of agriculture,” said ASA President Wade Cowan. “The program provides industry- leading training that helps unleash participant’s leadership potential while fostering collaboration among farmers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Grower participants gain experience and build life- long friendships. From the time the program began in 1984, it has recognized the important roles that women and young farmers play in agriculture and we are proud of the strength of that heritage. We’re also extremely grateful to DuPont for their longstanding support of the program.”

The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a challenging and educational two-part training program. Phase I of the training takes place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Dec. 1 – 4, 2015. The program continues March 1 – 4, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with training held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

“DuPont is committed to our continued partnership with The American Soybean Association in support of the DuPont Young Leader program,” said Jim Hay, director, North America Crop Protection. “Every year we look forward to meeting and working with the class of talented young soybean leaders who will help define the future of agriculture’s success.”

Grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply for the program that focuses on leadership and communication, agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network

The ASA DuPont Young Leader program offers the opportunity for participants to strengthen their natural leadership skills, expand their agricultural knowledge and develop strong peer relationships with other soybean growers across the country.

Applications are being accepted online now! Interested applicants should visit for additional information and to apply.

NDSGA, ASA, and DuPont will work together to identify the top producers to represent North Dakota as part of this program. One couple or individual per state will be selected to participate.