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Raglands honored by Soybean Association

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 Caleb and Leanne Ragland of Hodgenville, have been named American Soybean Association/DuPont Young Leaders for 2012. They were chosen to represent Kentucky in a program involving soybean producer participants from 20 states and Canada.

The ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program targets soybean farmers who are innovative, global thinking, “young in leadership” and looking to make their mark in agriculture. Now in its 29th year, the program has a tremendous record of success. Program alumni have assumed significant leadership roles in state and national soybean associations and promotion boards, as well as national, regional, and state agricultural organizations. Nearly all are making a difference in agriculture, by ensuring the voice of the American farmer is being heard.

The 2012 class of ASA/DuPont Young Leaders participated in a challenging and educational leadership development experience Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. This four-day seminar included advocacy and media training, group casework on soybean industry policy issues, communication style analysis, presentations on the economy, biotechnology, soybean traits & product development, and tours of Pioneer’s research facilities. 

Participants also gave presentations on their farm operation, and networked with the other producers and their spouses. 

Class members will complete Phase II of their training Feb. 28-March 3 in Nashville, Tenn., in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention & Trade Show. Young Leaders will receive leadership recognition awards at the ASA Awards Banquet on March 2, rounding out a full week of learning, networking and personal growth.