Press Release

Illinois Farmer Completes ASA DuPont Young Leader Training

April 02, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. - April 2, 2014 -- Drew DeSutter, soybean farmer from Woodhull, Ill., and Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Soy Ambassador, recently completed training as a member of the 30th anniversary class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders.  Training took place in late February in conjunction with Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

"The DuPont Young Leader Program helps ASA source and train upcoming leaders," says Ray Gaesser, ASA president.  "This year's class of women and men is exceptional.  We know agriculture is in good hands and are grateful for Pioneer DuPont for their commitment to the soybean industry."

While in San Antonio, DeSutter participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and was recognized at ASA's annual awards banquet.

"We're proud of the heritage of the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program," says Randy Wanke, senior manager industry relations at Pioneer.  "The program has a profound impact on not only the soybean industry, but all of agriculture.  Former DuPont Young Leaders are serving in leadership roles throughout the industry and we have no doubt you'll see members of this year's class assuming leadership roles in the near future."

For more information about the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program, go to




For more information contact:

Christine Luelf, Industry and State Relations Manager

American Soybean Association

12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Ste. 100

St. Louis, MO  63141

Phone:  314/ 754-1291




Photo submitted by ASA.  Cutline: Drew DeSutter, Woodhull, Ill., soybean farmer and Illinois Soybean Association Soy Ambassador (right), accepts his American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leader plaque from Andre Trepanier, DuPont Pioneer senior manager, soybean product marketing and intellectual property (left), and Ray Gaesser, ASA president (center).