The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer, a DuPont Business, are seeking applicants for the 2011 Young Leader Program.

The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of 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 ASA President Rob Joslin. "ASA and Pioneer are committed to developing the next generation of leaders for the soybean industry. As a graduate of this leadership program, I can personally tell you that the Young Leader program opens up a lot of opportunities for you and is a great chance to make friends with fellow growers from North American soybean producing areas."

The 2011 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience Dec. 5-8, 2010, at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and then move on to Part II of training March 1-5, 2011, in Tampa, Fla., in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic. This program offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills, as well as meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the U.S. and Canada. Application forms for the 2011 Young Leader Program have been mailed to all ASA members.

Applicants may apply online at http://www.SoyGrowers.com/dyl, or call (800) 688-7692 ext. 1328 to obtain an application form. Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer. All applications and nominations should be returned to ASA by Aug. 31, 2010.

One couple or individual will be selected from each of ASA's state affiliates. For more information, contact ASA Corporate Development Manager Michelle Siegel at msiegel@soy.org or (314) 754-1328.