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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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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

June 19, 2019

Public-Private Partnerships and Rural Economic Development Highlight Leadership Seminar

Members of Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Program improved their knowledge of the public-private partnerships that are vital to …

May 7, 2019

Leaders Focus on Improving Intercultural Competencies

Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Program worked on developing awareness and competencies with diverse populations in the state during …

May 7, 2019

SDSU Extension Hosting Workshops on Farmer Stress

SDSU Extension is hosting two different workshops on May 23 to help agricultural professionals recognize and cope with stress, both in themselves and in others. …

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