Soybean Association Selects 2016 Young Leader

(LINCOLN) Wade Walters of Shickley, NE has been selected as the Nebraska Soybean Association’s (NSA) 2016 DuPont Pioneer Young Leader.

The Young Leader Program is sponsored by the American Soybean Association and DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred.  It is designed to recognize and strengthen leadership in the agricultural community as well as cultivate producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.

Wade Walters and his wife Abby are involved in the family farming operation in Fillmore County where they raise corn, soybeans, seed corn and have a cow/calf operation. Wade holds a Bachelor degree in Agribusiness- Ag Banking and Finance option  and a Minor in Grazing Livestock Systems.  Wade is a member of the NE Soybean Association, American Soybean Association, NE Farm Bureau and NE Corn Growers where he serves as the president of the local chapter.  He served as a Council member for the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute and is a graduate of the NE Corn and Soybean Mentor program and participated in the United Soybean Board’s See For Yourself Program.   He is involved in his local church, American Legion Post and is a participant in the Fillmore County Odegeo Leadership project.  Wade considers  the top issues facing the soybean industry  are being able to develop enough demand both domestically and internationally to support the continued growth in production of soybeans  here in the United States.  Wade said “we also need to be able to have the freedom to operate as we currently do without more regulations harming our business.”

Wade will join the 2016 class of DuPont Pioneer Young Leaders, which is made up of selected leaders from each soybean producing state to participate in an educational leadership experience in early December at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, IA.  He will complete the second part of training March 1-4, 2016  in New Orleans, LA  in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic.

NSA Young Leader committee chairman, Jason Lavene of Bertrand says “this program has been instrumental in helping to identify and develop some of the top soybean industry leaders in the state.  Several past winners have gone on to serve in leadership positions with our state and national organizations.”


NSA is the grassroots commodity organization that is the policy advocate and collective voice of its producer-members on state wide issues and represents Nebraska domestically and internationally through membership of the American Soybean Association.