Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, it is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture, according to a news release. Participants are the leaders who shape the future of agriculture.
“The training and interaction with fellow growers and ASA leaders this past year has been an invaluable asset to me personally, and a source of new ideas and avenues for my family farm,” said Stuart Sanderson, an Alabama producer and Class of ’19 participant.
Phase I of the 2019-20 Young Leader program takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dec. 3-6. The program continues Feb. 25–29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.
“The Young Leader Program has had a tremendous impact on agriculture, and we are grateful to Corteva Agriscience for continuing to invest in our future leaders,” ASA President Davie Stephens said. “The program encouraged and trained many soybean farmers guiding the industry today. The Young Leader Program is special because it focuses on building the grower’s potential, while helping create meaningful and lifelong relationships with growers from across the U.S. and Canada.”
The program focuses on leadership and communication, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. Spouses, even those not employed full-time on farm, are encouraged to attend and will be active participants in all elements of the program.
ASA, its 26 state affiliates, the Grain Farmers of Ontario and Corteva Agriscience will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program.
For more information, including how to apply online, click here.