The Arkansas Soybean Association and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a subsidiary of DuPont, are seeking applicants for the 2006 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating producer leaders who will shape the nation's soybean industry.

“The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said Jackie Prince, Arkansas Soybean Association president. “The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in business, but personally as well.”

The Young Leader Program began over 20 years ago as a way to develop new leaders to promote agriculture and help guide the soybean industry. Innovative, enthusiastic young people looking to take a more active role on behalf of the soybean industry should consider the program.

“Applicants selected as ‘Young Leaders’ have an opportunity to learn the key leadership skills necessary for high-profile roles within the soybean industry,” said Cary Tomlinson, director of key accounts with Pioneer Hi-Bred International. “They do this through interactive training that utilizes instructors and materials that have been very successful in the real world. Participants can also learn from each other and through case studies of ‘front-burner’ issues that are pivotal to the future of the soybean industry. If you are interested in making a difference, then this program is for you.”

All soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer who is an excellent candidate for the program. Application forms are available by calling 800-247-8691 or at the Web site: www.SoyGrowers.com/dyl/. Nominations should be returned by Dec. 18.