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Developing Leaders for a Lifetime

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Leaders Who Make a Difference

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About Us

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!

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

November 17, 2020

Leadership Program Delays Start of New Class in Response to COVID-19

The Board of Directors of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Foundation has voted to delay the start of its 11th leadership class …

November 10, 2020

SDARL Program Director Begins New Role November 16

Jennifer Henrie of Philip, SD will begin serving as the Program Director of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Foundation (SDARL) on November 16. …

October 30, 2020

Leadership Program Pauses In-person Activities in Response to COVID-19

The Board of Directors of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Foundation (SDARL) has voted to pause its in-person leadership programming activities until the …

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