Leadership At Its Best
||Through the years, the
American Soybean Association has developed and maintained a base of farmer leaders that
effectively addresses national policy issues impacting soybean farming. Through ongoing
training, a corps of state and national ASA leaders has evolved into an effective voice in
Washington, D.C. in the interest of soybeans and U.S. agriculture.
leadership development program known as ASA/Syngenta
Leadership At Its Best is the distinguished and specialized
training curriculum that develops a key group of state and
national leaders who can effectively address Congress and the
media on policy issues impacting soybean farmers.
benefits of leadership development are evidenced as state
leaders utilize their training and their experiences to make a
difference in American agriculture, while advancing into
leadership positions on the national level.
Celebrating its 21st
year partnering with ASA, over
90 state officers and directors have already graduated from
"This program is a great way to
sharpen your communications skills, focus your commitment to
agriculture, and network with influential farmers from across
the nation," said 2012 graduate Tom Price. "The education
I received not only helped me personally, but has given me some
tools to give back something to a way of life that has provided
me so much."
has the opportunity through this program to strengthen the
skills of these future leaders to become strong advocates for
ASA and agriculture," said Syngenta Head of Industry Relations
The first phase of this program occurs in August in Greensboro,
North Carolina and focuses on communications training with
special emphasis on interpersonal skills, media training and
public speaking. Second semester leadership training takes place
during the ASA Board Meeting in March in Washington, D.C., and
concentrates on legislative issues and agricultural concerns.
Participants receive comprehensive training on communications
with Congress, plus ASA policy briefings designed to fully
prepare state leaders for Capitol Hill visits.
The 2013 class of
Leadership At Its Best participated in the final leg of
their leadership development training, March 10-12 in
Washington, D.C. Program participants focused on learning
national policy issues, advocacy efforts, public speaking,
and communicating effectively with Congress.
ASA President Danny Murphy spoke to program participants and
took part in their graduation. ASA Executive Committee
member Randy Mann and Vice Presidents Bob Henry, Wade Cowan
and Bob Worth also worked with the group and advised them on
the latest policy issues.
Kentucky Soybean Association President Davie Stephens, Vice
President Ryan Bivens and Secretary Mike Burchett assisted
with role playing activities that helped the participants
learn to communicate with their legislators.
The Leadership At Its Best Program is sponsored by Syngenta
and has been developing future leaders in the soybean
industry for over two decades. Participants must be on their
state soybean association boards to participate, and must
have an interest in taking on advanced leadership roles at
their state or national level.
ASA is currently seeking candidates for the 2014 class. The
program is held in two sessions, the first of which will
begin on Aug. 5, 2013 in Minneapolis. If you are interested
in participating, please contact your state soybean
association office, or call ASA at 314-576-1770.
Growers from 13
states participated. The 2013 graduates are:
Burrier, Union Bridge, Md.
2013 Leadership At Its Best class.
(ASA photo by Michelle Siegel)
|Please direct any
questions about this program to ASA Project Coordinator
Kathie Mullen at 800-688-7692
or email email@example.com.