The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., is seeking applicants for the 2008 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.2008 marks the 25th anniversary of the program, and this achievement will be celebrated at a special dinner and dance on Feb. 27, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn., for all Young Leader alumni. The new Young Leader class will also participate in this event.”The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said John Hoffman, ASA 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 2008 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience February 26th – March 1, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn., coinciding with the Commodity Classic Conference and Trade Show. This seminar offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills as well as meet and learn from other Young leaders from around the country. The second phase of training will take place at Pioneer’s Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, in early December 2008.Application forms for the 2008 Young Leader Program, sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, have been mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692 ext. 1328, or on the web at www.SoyGrowers.com/dyl. Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer who would be an excellent candidate for the program. Information on guidelines to participate in the program are available at ASA’s website or by calling the ASA program manager. Nominations should be returned to ASA by Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. One Young Leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.