Missouri Farm Families Begin DuPont Young Leaders Training
The 32nd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders has been selected, and includes two Missouri farm families: John & Stephanie Thompson and Andrew & Jennifer Lance. The Thompsons and Lances represent Missouri soybean farmers and were supported in their participation by the Missouri Soybean Association.
The class recently began their leadership journey, meeting at DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, at the beginning of the December. The Johnston training session was the first phase of a program designed to identify new and aspiring leaders and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and network with other growers. Representatives from 23 states and Canada participated in training that included educational and skill-building components.
“The ASA DuPont Young Leaders Program identifies and trains new and much needed leaders for the soybean industry,” said ASA President Wade Cowan (Texas). “The program provides training and helps them grow their peer network, which strengthens our industry and allows us to work collaboratively in our local, state and national organizations. This year’s class is exceptional; they’re engaged, talented and passionate about agriculture. The program continues to have an enormous impact on not only the soybean industry but all of agriculture.”
The 2016 ASA DuPont Young Leaders, in addition to Missouri’s Thompson and Lance families, are: Brady Peek, Ala.; Derek Holden &Amanda Crangle, Ark.; Jeff and Dianne Barlow, Canada; Aaron & Melanie Thompson, Del.; Brian Ogletree, Ga.; Alan Hill, Ill.; John Wildermuth, Ind.; Ethon Smith, Iowa; Matthew Atkinson & Mary Ann Ross, Kan.; Ben & Katie Furnish, Ky.; Adam & Lindsey Hendricks, Ky.; Vincent Cannatella, La.; Nik Morris, La.; Mike Opificius, Mich.; Rodd & Jamie Beyer, Minn.; Taylor & Rebecca Tesch, Minn.; Paul Muirhead, Miss.; Wade Walters, Neb.; Brett Medlin, N.C.; Greg & Monica Gussiaas, N.D.; Luke Ryan, Ohio; Patrick Burch & Grace Walter, S.C.; Joshua & Kara Kayser, S.D.; Don Holbert, Tenn.; Brett Wightman, Va.; John Mills, Va.; and Rochelle & Evan Schnadt, Wis.