MN couple completes ASA Young Leader program

Leadership is a continuous journey that can’t be measured from a year-long program.

It is measured in what you gain.

Parker Revier recently completed the American Soybean Association (ASA) Corteva Agriscience Young Leader Program with his significant other, Gabrielle Carmichael. This two-phase, year-long program took them to Iowa and Texas. Along the way, the couple made countless connections.

“It was absolutely a fantastic experience for both Gabby and myself,” Revier said. “It was nice to reconnect with the young leaders. The second phase focused on how we can use our experiences in our story as farmers and as individuals to better promote and bridge the gap between the consumer and the farmer. That was a great experience and good learning exercise.”

Following his completion of the Young Leader program, Revier will remain on the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association board as an at-large director.

“I’m going to continue my engagement with the Renville County Corn & Soybean Growers and look for other opportunities locally to engage with,” Revier said. “As far as MSGA, we’ll see what the future brings.”

Revier added that he’s extremely excited to learn more about the industry and engage with Minnesota farmer leaders to find opportunities to promote soybeans.

“It’s our duty to help bridge that gap here locally and be active in our communities and be strong advocates,” Revier said.

Phase I took place in late November 2023 at Corteva’s Global Business Center in Johnston, Iowa. There, Revier and Carmichael networked and learned what it takes to be a leader. Phase II was in March 2024 in Houston in conjunction with Commodity Classic.

Parker Revier, pictured here at MSGA’s 2024 Annual Meeting, hopes to stay involved with MSGA following ASA’s Young Leader Program.

Revier started farming in 2022 in Sibley, Renville and Stevens counties. He recalled his childhood and the memories of spending time with his grandpa in the field and wanting to continue that on his own farm. He hopes to inspire and help other young farmers start their own farming careers.

The Young Leader program works with the 26 state affiliates and the Grain Farmers of Ontario to identify the top producers to represent their states.

This program, which is supported by Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) checkoff funding, is dedicated to training industry leaders to create a better future for farmers. Revier said he highly recommends the Young Leader program to anyone who is interested in applying for the program. It’s worth the time commitment to start or continue one’s leadership journey.

“It’s an experience that Gabby and I will never forget,” he said.

To learn more about the 2023-24 Young Leader Class, click here.

Follow The Conversation