Opportunity for youth interested in ag policy


ST. LOUIS — The American Soybean Association and Valent USA are offering a Soy Leaders of the Future program.

This is a new opportunity for young people interested in improving their understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy, and careers that can impact agricultural policy.

The first class will take place this summer and will be in conjunction with the association board meeting and soy issues briefing, July 10-13, in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. agriculture industry needs more leaders in Washington, D.C. who understand the needs of farmers and the agriculture industry, especially as it relates to the development of policies and regulations that impact farm productivity.

The program is designed to expose young people with a connection to the farm to an education on major policy issues and advocacy.

The program will also encourage these future young leaders to consider careers within agriculture associations and industry, as well as government regulatory and legislative positions.


To apply for the Soy Leaders of the Future program, students must be at least 18 and have an interest in learning more about advocacy and policy issues that impact U.S. soybean farmers and career opportunities in Washington, D.C. and the agriculture industry.

This program may be especially appealing to students majoring in various areas of agriculture, political science, communications and business.

Program sponsors will cover all travel, lodging and meal expenses for the students who are selected for this program. Class size is limited.

For an online application, visit https://soygrowers.com/learn/soy-leaders-future/. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. June 9.


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