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USB Grants IFYE $124,000 for International Leadership Program
USAgNet - 10/21/2020

Recognizing the value an international experience can have on young leaders, the United Soybean Board recently approved a proposal from the IFYE Association of the USA, Inc. to immerse eight of its young leaders in international experiences for three months in four European and Asian countries. IFYE, formerly known as the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) is a 72-year-old international exchange program for young adults age 19 and above.

IFYE submitted its proposal for funding under the USB's sustainability section. "The focus of our proposal was for USB to look at the sustainability of their leadership pipeline. The IFYE program has had more than 5,000 young-adult participants. Research has shown that those who live internationally and interact with families in those countries have a greater appreciate for cultural diversity. This enhances leadership capabilities," said Victoria Fehrmann Warren, president, IFYE Association of the USA, Inc.

The young leaders selected for this USB program will be placed in Poland, Germany, Thailand, and Taiwan. All participants will be required to complete a medical examination and obtain appropriate vaccinations before travel. If travel restrictions continue, then alternative actions will be taken. Once in country, they will live with three to four host families, spend time at the U.S. Embassy for a first-hand trade relations experience with USDA Foreign Agriculture Service staff, meet with in-country government agriculture officials, other country agriculture leaders, and may include experiences at in-country soybean processing facilities.

The application process for this opportunity will begin in October 2020, with orientation to start in early March 2021. Candidates for the program will follow the IFYE application ( and interview process with final selections confirmed by USB.

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