Kukowski Selected to Participate in ASA’s Leadership At Its Best

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association nominated Director Jim Kukowski to attend the American Soybean Association (ASA) 2015-16 Leadership At Its Best (LAIB) program.

Kukowski farms near Strathcona, Minn., and is a member of the Roseau/Lake of the Woods Soybean Growers Association.

LAIB, sponsored by Syngenta, is a program that works to provide state soybean leaders with the training and skills to prepare them to take a further role in agricultural leadership. This is accomplished by LAIB through a two-part training program that covers leadership, agricultural issues, communications and media training.

The first part of the event takes place Aug. 10-14 in Minneapolis. The second part occurs in conjunction with the ASA Board meeting March 13-15, 2016, in Washington D.C.

“I hope this training will develop my skills to better speak with media or in interviews about agriculture with greater authority from being highly involved in the soybean industry,” Kukowski said.

Brandt graduates

Eyota, Minn., farmer and MSGA Director Dan Brandt participated in the 2014-2015 LAIB program, wrapping his commitment this spring at the ASA board meetings in Wasington, D.C.

Brandt, who chairs the Olmsted/S. Wabasha County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, said the program was important because it helped him find his comfort zone.

“The program brought me out of my shell with public speaking,” Brandt said. “For me, that was one of my biggest needs. It just really widened my comfort zone.”