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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

January 21, 2020

Leadership Seminar Focuses on Rural Health Care, Technology and Global Industry

The 10th seminar of Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) provided an in-depth look at Biofuels, Rural Health Care, and …

December 31, 2019

Leadership Class Learns Perspectives on International Agriculture at Aberdeen-based Seminar

Members of Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Program improved their understanding of international trade, cooperatives, and agricultural processing during …

December 31, 2019

West River Ag Awards Presented to SDARL Graduates

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture in western South Dakota.  At a ceremony on December …

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