JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s soybean farmers are investing in the future through the Policy Leaders Fellowship (PLF) program. In partnership with Iowa soybean growers, the program offers leadership training, networking opportunities and hands-on work with policy, government and legislative processes.
“From polishing our advocacy skills to working on branding, the Missouri and Iowa Policy Leaders Fellowship program gives me and others the tools needed to keep agricultural priorities in front of legislators and the public,” said Nathan White, farmer from Norborne, Missouri, and past PLF participant.
The program is designed for young professionals involved in production agriculture. One applicant will be selected from each crop reporting district in Iowa (9) and Missouri (7). Candidates should have an interest in agricultural policy education and be active members of their state soybean association. Applications may be submitted online at mosoy.org/fellow through August 15.
The program will kick off August 30 – September 1 in Ankeny, IA, with a joint meeting of participants from Iowa and Missouri, as well as national-level speakers and mentors. Key components of the program will include participants’ opportunities to:
· Network with fellow producers, industry professionals and key decision makers;
· Build a foundational understanding of the legislative and regulatory process;
· Engage policymakers to advocate on behalf of agriculture and the soybean industry; and
· Develop and strengthen personal leadership skills.
This educational program is made possible thanks to Missouri soybean farmers’ support. Producers selected to participate in the program will be announced following the August 15 deadline.
For further information or questions please reach out to the director of outreach and education, Baylee Asbury at email@example.com.
— Missouri Soybeans