Water quality and rail transportation issues to be focus at Soybean Leadership College

Farm Forum

One of the great things about the Soybean Leadership College is its role in educating grower leaders about the latest industry issues impacting the soybean and the entire agriculture industry. At the 2015 ASA Soybean Leadership College in St. Louis on Jan. 6-8, water quality and rail transportation issues will be the key topics discussed in the Industry Issues Workshops.

“These are two of the most pressing issues impacting soybean producers,” said Bob Worth, Chairman, ASA Membership and Corporate Relations Committee. “We will have some of our most active state organizations and top industry professionals educating participants about how water quality and rail issues are impacting their members and customers—and how these organizations are addressing these challenges.”

The water quality panel will feature Roger Wolf, Director of Environmental Programs and Services, Iowa Soybean Association, Adam Ward, Executive Director, Ohio Soybean Association. Wolf will speak about the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, a joint alliance with the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Pork Producers. Ward will speak about the water quality issues, particularly discussing the Lake Erie situation and the Ohio Soybean organization’s research projects.

The rail transportation panel will feature Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director for the Soy Transportation Coalition, Dan Mack, Vice President Rail Transportation and Terminal Operations at CHS, and Kevin Kaufman, TTMS Group. The panelists will address the national rail crisis and its impact on the soybean and agriculture industry.

The Soybean Leadership College is open to ASA, USB, USSEC, state association and QSSB leaders and staff, soybean producers wanting to assume a leadership position on a state or national level, and college students seeking to further develop their organizational leadership skills. For more information about the 2015 Soybean Leadership College, visit