Agriculture needs leaders! Today, more than ever, farming and ranching in South Dakota is affected by changing consumer preferences, environmental regulations, national agricultural and monetary policies, and international markets. If South Dakotans are to maintain a voice in policy decisions, both public and private, they must be prepared with broad-based knowledge and leadership skills to participate in the local, state, national and international discussions. Though the arena in which agriculture operates is vast and complex, the population base from which it draws its leadership is diminishing.
The SDARL leadership program builds the skills, knowledge, and character of agricultural and rural leaders. Our program graduates are having a positive and profound impact on their communities and on the success of a thriving agricultural community.
South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL), is a non-profit Foundation dedicated to indentifying and developing leadership for agriculture and rural communities in order to enhance the quality of life for all South Dakotans.
SDARL Class IX members at the South Dakota State Capitol with Governor Dennis Daugaard and SDARL Executive Director Lori Cope in the front row.