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Leaders are not born, they develop their leadership abilities over time. They fine-tune their communication and motivation skills, learn to build consensus, develop a depth of understanding second-to-none in their field of expertise, and they nurture the character of servant leadership that is within them.

The South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Foundation (SDARL) develops leaders in three programs: our flagship 18-month leadership development program for 28 individuals who will rise to leadership roles in our state and communities; The SDARL Graduate Experience seminars for our lifelong-learning program alumni; and “Leadership 2.0” leadership training for commodity board members, FFA advisors, community non-profit boards and partner organizations. Explore our website and learn more!

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Board

The SDARL Foundation has a dynamic Board of Directors consisting of leaders in agriculture from across the state and nation.

Leaders

Every day, the 300 graduates and class members of the SDARL program make a positive and profound impact on agriculture and rural communities throughout the state.

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Investors

Program funding comes from companies, individuals, and partner organizations who share a passion for developing leaders who will keep South Dakota agriculture and rural communities thriving!

Blog

February 1, 2019

Ag and Rural Leaders Meet with State Officials

Members of Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Program discussed policy and process during the State Government Seminar held in …

February 1, 2019

SDARL Welcomes New Board Members

Three new board members were seated at the annual meeting of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Foundation (SDARL) on January 28, 2019. The …

December 20, 2018

SDARL Graduate Selected as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

Following a nation-wide search to find the best and brightest to serve South Dakota’s largest industry, Governor-elect Kristi Noem announced that Kim Vanneman (SDARL II) …

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