A Vibrant South Dakota

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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

October 2, 2018

Craig Bieber (SDARL IV) receives National Award

Craig Bieber (SDARL IV), pictured on left, has been awarded the John V. Robbins Distinguished Service Award from the Red Angus Association of America. The …

September 27, 2018

Tenth Leadership Class Selected for SDARL Program

The tenth class has been selected for the South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership (SDARL) program. Twenty-eight individuals from across the state will participate in …

September 27, 2018

SDARL Alum Featured in News Story about Soybean Trade

Jeff Thompson (SDARL VII) was featured on KELO-TV discussing trade, tariffs, and assistance for soybean growers. Jeff serves as Secretary of the South Dakota Soybean …

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