Ontario applicants being sought for ASA/Dupont Young Leader Program

GUELPH, ON (June 6, 2012) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, are seeking applicants for the 2013 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 Canada/U.S. soybean industry.

2013 marks the 29th year of the program.  “The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said ASA President Steve Wellman. “The knowledge gained from this program can be put to use immediately–not only in business, but personally as well. Soybean producers who are looking to take on future leadership roles at the provincial and/or national level should pursue this training as the first step on their journey.”

The 2013 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience Nov. 27-30, 2012 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and Feb. 26-March 2, 2013 in Kissimmee, Fla., coinciding with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.  This program offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills, as well as meet and learn from other young leaders from around North America.

Applications will be accepted starting June 1 through August 1, 2012.  Interested applicants should apply online at www.gfo.ca/youngleadersprogram.  ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario, and Pioneer will work together to identify the top producers to represent their province/state as part of this program. One couple or individual from Canada will be chosen to participate.

For questions or to obtain a hard copy application, please contact Valerie Gilvesy, Grain Farmers of Ontario Member Relations Coordinator at 226-979-5581 or vgilvesy@gfo.ca.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.