06-05-17 ASA News: New Educational Opportunity Available to Young Interested in Ag Policy

New Educational Opportunity Available to Young Interested in Ag Policy

Program Sponsored by Valent and ASA. Application Deadline is June 9th

ST. LOUIS (June 5, 2017) – Next month, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Valent USA will host the first 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 held in conjunction with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing, July 10-13, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Student travel expenses will be covered by the program sponsors.

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 proportion of rural congressional districts is at its lowest point in history, and more than half of the U.S. population currently resides in 39 of the nation’s largest cities. Positions on Congressional staffs, regulatory agencies and services groups within the Federal government are often filled with individuals who have a very limited understanding of farming and the needs of the agriculture industry.

The new Soy Leaders of the Future program, sponsored by Valent and ASA, is designed to provide an education on major policy issues and advocacy to young people with a connection to the farm. 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.

Application Information

To apply for the Soy Leaders of the Future program, students must be at least 18 years old 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 a 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. All interested participants must complete and submit an online application by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 9. For more information, click here

The American Soybean Association (ASA) represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important to the soybean industry. ASA has 26 affiliated state associations representing 30 soybean producing states and more than 300,000 soybean farmers. 

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