(Announcer) Recently during the Kansas Soybean Expo Luncheon awards were given for the 2014 Growing Season Yield Contest winners we wanted to recognize those that attended the luncheon: Kyle Jeschke from Highland, placed third in the east-northeast district (no-till, dryland) with 82.99 bushels per acre. Chester Hobbs from Buffalo, placed third in the southeast district (conventional tillage, dryland) with 60.11 bushels per acre. Roger Johnson from Hoxie, placed second in the statewide irrigated competition (no-till) with 96.76 bushels per acre. Randy and T Clydesdale, RTC Farms from Norton, placed second in the northwest district (no-till, dryland) with 53.16 bushels per acre. Jeremy Olson from Everest, placed second in the east-northeast district (no-till, dryland) with 83.48 bushels per acre. Jason Taylor from Highland, topped the east-northeast district conventional tillage, dryland) with 82.15 bushels per acre. Alex Noll from Winchester, topped the Kansas Soybean Yield Contest’s northeast district (conventional tillage, dryland) with 80.73 bushels per acre. Derek Gigstad from Valley Falls, topped the northeast district (no-till, dryland) with 74.88 bushels per acre. Mark Pettijohn, Kansas JAG from Solomon, topped the Kansas Soybean Yield Contest’s north-central district (no-till, dryland) with 58.79 bushels per acre. Joe and Jack Getman, Getman Brothers Farm from Columbus, topped the southeast district conventional tillage, dryland) with 63.78 bushels per acre. Max Tjaden from Clearwater, topped the south-central district (no-till, dryland) with 78.14 bushels per acre. Bryce Bahe represented Patty Ochs from Hoxie, who topped the statewide irrigated competition (conventional tillage) with 90.37 bushels per acre. Merideth Jeschke from Highland, topped the east-northeast district (no-till, dryland) with 84.30 bushels per acre, which was the highest dryland yield in the contest. Bob Wietharn from Clay Center, topped the statewide irrigated competition (no-till) with 99.81 bushels per acre, which was the highest irrigated yield in the contest. Ron Neff represented Harold Koster from Hoxie, who topped the Kansas Soybean Value Contest with $1.56 per bushel in increased value. That was 15.3 percent of the base cash value.To see a complete list of winners you can visit kansassoybeans.org. In addition to yield contest winners Kansas Soybean Association recognized the 2015 Dupont Young Leaders – Andy and LaVell Winsor from Grantville hear what this opportunity means to them: (Andy) Hi I’m Andy and this is my wife LaVell. (LaVell) We farm near Grantville, Kansas, which is just east of Topeka. (Andy) We grow corn and soybeans and some wheat. (LaVell) We’re very honored to be the 2015 DuPont Young Leaders representing Kansas. (Andy) It’s very exciting to get to improve our leadership abilities and get to represent soybean farmers of Kansas. (LaVell) So, we actually participated in a leadership group at the DuPont Pioneer Headquarters just outside of Des Moines, Iowa, in November. And then we have some opportunities coming up at Commodity Classic In February. (Andy) And then I’ll be serving on the Association Board, for the Kansas Association Board for this next year. (LaVell) We’ll, like anything, there is a smaller population who is representing farmers. Farmers are already a fairly small population, and so it’s very important for all farmers to be involved. But this particular opportunity through DuPont Young Leaders gives us an opportunity to expand our leadership role and then one thing that we’re really thrilled about, we also have the opportunity to network with other farmers across the nation as well which is just extremely invaluable. (Andy) We also get to talk to our Legislators. There is the possibility that we’ll get to go to Washington, D.C. and actually meet with some of the representatives there in Washington. (LaVell) So far, there have been several leadership things that we have been able to bring back to our farm. Communication, there’s been some opportunities with some media training and things like that as well. And we just know that each of these things are gonna build upon each other. And it’s a growth opportunity for our farm. And so, we’ve already seen like for example, one of the things that we did was some personality testing through the very first segment of the leadership training. And that was very interesting. We have each done professional development on our own. But we had never done that together. And so to really look at those. We are running a business. And every farm is a business and so to take those types of things and then use them on your own farm, and then realize how you work together differently and then also as agriculture you’re very dependent upon other industry people whether it be our banker or your retailer or whoever that is. But those things just help build upon of how you can work with that network that you have, who also influence your farm and that’s just going to strengthen our farm and and any other farm that was able to participate in this type of program as well. So, we would encourage every farmer to be involved with whatever it might be. Whether that’s through one of the commissions or some kind of leadership activity or any kind of advocacy work. Any of those roles are really important and it’s so important because farmers are such a very small population, so we need to represent ourselves and there’s so much talent among rural America that a lot of farmers can step up and just use their talents to represent the industry well. (Andy) And with the shrinking populations that’s involved in agriculture and the expansion of the social media and other outlets like that, it’s more important now than ever for agriculture to be exposing what we’re doing to the rest of the world.