ASA DuPont Young Leader

ASA DuPont Young Leader Program Tabs Two from Minn.

The American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader Program announced this week that it has accepted two Minnesota applicants for the 2015 Young Leader Program.

Ryan Wondercheck of Lamberton, Minn., and Aaron Yaggie of Thief River Falls, Minn., will be the next Minnesota ASA DuPont Young Leaders. Wondercheck will participate in the program with his wife, Wendy.

“We’re very honored to be selected and we’re looking forward to all the training and what it can do for us, and what we learn from it,” Wondercheck said. “We’re very excited for the opportunity.”
Wondercheck said he is pleased his wife could join him in this experience, as both are heavily involved in their farming operation and crop insurance business.

“For us, we’ve started to work together more recently within our business and at our farm,” he said. “For her to come back and work at the farm helps us collaborate better. I think attending the training together will help us focus our direction and where we want to go in the future.”

Yaggie, who farms with his father, brother and two uncles, is eager to absorb more about farming and the world of soybeans.

“I feel honored and really fortunate to have an opportunity to be around other people who are passionate about farming and learning different practices and more about soybeans, which have become such a staple crop for our state,” Yaggie said. “I feel like sometimes you fall into your own little world on your farm and it’s exciting to get out there and see what other people are doing.”

Shannon Lawrence, Minnesota Soybean CFO and Staff Lead for the Education Action Team, said Minnesota is pleased and honored to have two representatives to the ASA DuPont Young Leader program.
“I think it shows the strength of leaders we have in Minnesota,” Lawrence said. “We’re very excited for Ryan and Aaron to participate in such a strong leadership program.”

The ASA DuPont Young Leader Program is a two-part training program that offers participants the opportunity to strengthen their natural leadership skills, expand their agricultural knowledge and develop strong peer relationships with other soybean growers from across the country.

For more information or to request an interview, contact Doug Monson at or 888-896-9678.