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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; Graduate Experience seminars for our lifelong-learning program alumni; and contracted leadership training for FFA advisors, commodity board members, 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

December 18, 2018

Attitude Expert is Featured Speaker for SDARL Alumni and Guests

Renowned attitude expert Matt Booth was the featured speaker at a December 12 afternoon seminar for graduates of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership …

December 18, 2018

Ag and Rural Leaders Explore Communication and Collaboration Skills

Members of Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program (SDARL) enhanced their communication and collaboration skills during a recent seminar in …

December 4, 2018

SDARL Graduates Take Center Stage at Recent Events

SDARL graduates and staff members were featured prominently in several events during November. Above, Scott Vander Wal (SDARL III), President of the South Dakota Farm …

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