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Iowa-Missouri Policy Leaders Fellowship (PLF)

The IA-MO Policy Leaders Fellowship (PLF) is a collaborative, one-year experience for young soybean farmers from Iowa and Missouri who possess a desire to learn more about government and the legislative process, all while improving their core leadership and advocacy skills. The PLF will give participants a deep understanding of the policies, laws and regulations that affect agriculture, the soybean industry and rural America. Weaving travel and social interaction into the program curriculum, participants will become aware of the role policy advocacy and a unified voice play in the legislative process.

Who should apply and participate?

Talented young men and women who are involved in production agriculture. One applicant in good membership standing will be selected from each crop reporting district in Iowa (9) and Missouri (7).

What to expect:

The unique program offering will allow participants to explore and better understand challenging U.S. agricultural policy/regulation and how it intersects with production agriculture and the value chain. Designed to empower farmer-to-farmer learning, the offering will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skillset to effectively advocate on behalf of agriculture and the soybean industry. The following are the core tenets of the experience:

  • Network and socialize with fellow producers, industry professionals and key decision makers;
  • Build a foundational understanding of the legislative and regulatory process;
  • Engage policymakers to advocate on behalf of the agriculture/soybean industry; and
  • Develop and strengthen personal leadership skills.

Why IA-MO Policy Leaders Fellowship?

Politics/governance is not a spectator sport. A single ill-conceived bill or regulation can significantly impact a farmer’s freedom to operate and their bottom line. Through a learn hard, play hard approach, the PLF will give participants the opportunity to network with Midwestern farmers, Fortune 500 leaders, industry professionals, and state and federal policymakers. The future of American agriculture depends on sound public policy and the development of leaders who share an appreciation for the legislative and regulatory process.

2022-23 Program Dates

The PLF will plan to meet on the following dates.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 2022 – Ankeny, IA IA & MO Joint Kickoff
Jan. 23 – 24, 2023 – Jefferson City, MO MSA Annual & Legislative Visits
March 9 – 11, 2023 – Orlando, FL Commodity Classic
July TBD 2023 – Washington D.C. American Soybean Association Board of Directors Meeting & Hill Visits

Interested in participating in the 2023-24 MSA Policy Leaders Fellowship?

Applications are not open for the 2023-24 Class, be sure to check back later! Contact Baylee Asbury for more information or assistance.