The 38th class of the American Soybean Association and Corteva Agriscience Young Leaders program met virtually earlier this month and will continue their training with two in-person sessions later in 2021.
The 2021 Young Leaders:
- Wes and Vonda Kirkpatrick, Arkansas,
- Joey Stasell, Illinois,
- Jake McCormick and Sarah Luecke, Indiana,
- Jeff and Kim Failor, Iowa,
- Kendall and Austin Heiniger, Kansas,
- Collin Cooper and Allison Dallas, Kentucky,
- PJ Feldpausch, Michigan,
- Evan and Lucy Staley, Maryland,
- Kelli and Jeff Sorenson, Minnesota,
- Reid Carter, Mississippi,
- Kaitlin Flick and Klinton Holliday, Missouri,
- Cale Buhr, Nebraska,
- Logan and Kristin Watson, North Carolina,
- Andrew and Brittni Cossette, North Dakota,
- Bennett and Liza Musselman, Ohio,
- Alex and Grace Tolson, South Carolina,
- Taylor and John Elverson, South Dakota, and
- Jason and Brandy Cherry, Tennessee.
Young Leaders is ASA's longest-running leadership program. It was founded in 1984 and continues to set the bar for leadership training in agriculture, identifying and training new, innovative and engaged growers.
During the virtual meeting, Young Leaders had the opportunity to connect with one another, discuss the upcoming in-person training programs and hear from soybean industry leaders. Also joining the meeting were ASA President Kevin Scott of South Dakota and his son, Jordan Scott, South Dakota Soybean Association president and member of the Young Leader class of 2018 as well as three Corteva Agriscience leaders: Mike Dillon, global portfolio leader-soybeans, Matt Rekeweg, U.S. industry relations, and Peter Laudeman, political affairs manager.
“The Young Leader program provides participants with the tools and knowledge they need to be successful leaders while helping them build confidence and grow a strong support network,” Kevin Scott said. “I’ve seen firsthand the impact it can have. My son Jordan and daughter-in-law Samantha’s experience in the program encouraged them to get involved and I couldn’t be prouder to say that Jordan is now serving as president of the South Dakota Soybean Association.”
“For nearly 40 years, the Corteva Agriscience Young Leader program has worked to identify, develop and support leaders in the U.S. soybean industry. We are honored that our long-term collaboration with ASA means these growers will sharpen their talents and develop skills to help America’s soybean farmers and the agriculture industry,” Dillon said. “The 2021 Young Leader class is an outstanding group, and I am optimistic they will contribute to the soybean industry’s bright future."