The American Soybean Association and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, are seeking applicants for the 2009 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized for identifying and cultivating the producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.

“The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said John Hoffman, ASA president. “The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in business, but personally as well.”

The 2009 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in an educational leadership event Dec. 1-4 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and then complete training Feb. 24-28, 2009, in Grapevine, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic. The seminar helps participants enhance leadership skills and learn from other young leaders from the United States and Canada.

Application forms for the program have been mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692, ext. 1328, or on the Web site: www.SoyGrowers.com/dyl.

Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer for the program. Program guidelines are available at ASA’s Web site or by calling the ASA program manager.

All applications and nominations should be returned to ASA by Sept. 1. One young leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.

For more information contact: Michelle Siegel, ASA corporate relations manager, at msiegel@soy.org or (314) 754-1328.