WAYNE, NEBRASKA (December 9, 2016) - Blake Hokamp of Hoskins, Nebraska has been selected by the Nebraska Soybean Association as their delegate to the 2017 American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader Program. Hokamp is one of 34 young leaders selected from across the U.S. and Canada to participate in the prestigious program.
The Young Leader Program is designed to recognize and strengthen leadership in the agricultural community, and to cultivate producer leaders who are shaping the soybean industry. The program consists of two extensive training sessions. Hokamp has just completed the first training module, a four-day event held at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. Phase two will take place in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade show to be held in San Antonio, Texas, February 28 - March 3, 2017.
Hokamp said, “It is a great honor to be selected by the Nebraska Soybean Association for this very special opportunity. It’s been very impressive to meet the other participants, and to learn together with these inspiring agriculturalists from across North America.”
The program has been developing young leaders for more than 30 years. Participants focus on honing leadership and communication skills, providing the latest agricultural information, and the development of a strong peer network. Hokamp said, “Today’s soybean industry has many exciting opportunities, including developing more endusers within the U.S. That extends to building specialty markets in our area for higholeic products, non-GMO crops, and other possibilities. I hope to learn how to effectively address the challenges and barriers facing the industry, and to build opportunities for our producers, our markets, and for the crops we grow.”
In addition to his role as an AgVenture Yield Specialist with The Seed Source, based at Wayne, Nebraska, Blake is part of his family’s farming operation and a custom farming operation. He holds a degree in Agronomy and Crop Production from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He resides near Hoskins, Nebraska. AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of Regional Seed Companies with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids and varieties it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.