Dan Dawes

(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Dan Dawes, Business Unit Leader for the Midwest for DuPont Crop Protection is joining us. And Dan, right now for soybean producers it is the time if you are interested to apply for the American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader Program. (Dan) The DuPont Company has been sponsoring this ASA DuPont Young Leader Program for over 30 years. We believe it’s a very important program, one that helps identify and develop leaders who will help shape the future of agriculture. We know for a fact that over 30 years these 1,400 growers and their spouses who have participated have gone on to do great things. We have an application process. The Soybean Association and DuPont are seeking applicants right now. And we recognize, first of all, that farming is often a partnership. For the Kansas Soybean Commission, we are accepting the applications up to September 18th. And growers can get the application online if they just go to soygrowers.com. Or they can Google DuPont Young Leader Program 2016 Application. They can get it that way. We’re anticipating well over 30 growers to be selected for this year’s program from over 26 state affiliates and Canada. (Greg) And this is a two-part training program? (Dan) It is. The applicants are selected. What we’ll have is the initial phase of training in December at the DuPont Pioneer Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. And there they’ll have the opportunity for leadership development and communications training. We also take on issues training, such that we can help both participants as well as ourselves get our heads around some of the pretty, prickly political and regulatory issues that we face from time to time in our industry. Phase two then is the 21st Annual Commodity Classic which is held in March and that is held in New Orleans. (Dan) Who should participate in this? Grower couples or individuals, either one of them can do that? (Dan) We like to encourage people who see themselves as leaders in their communities, but perhaps even beyond that. We’ve actually got participants that have gone on to be serving in Congress. We have one that served as a Congressperson in South Dakota. We also have one of our more notable alums who was in the Class of 1984, that was the Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs. You don’t have to be at that level of leadership. We need leaders at all levels to be successful in agriculture. (Greg) And once again if anyone would like to apply, what’s the best way they can do that? (Dan) We would encourage them to go online to soygrowers.com. (Greg) Dan Dawes, Business Unit Leader for the Midwest with DuPont Crop Protection is our guest on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.

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