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Application For Class X, Forms & Instructions

Dear Potential SDARL Participants,


South Dakota’s communities and agriculture industry continue to need educated and open-minded leaders who can foster cooperation yet promote healthy debate, while being drivers of change that will help sustain continued growth in our state. That’s why the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership program is critical to the continued success of South Dakota – ensuring a perpetual supply of inspired leaders for the state's number one employment sector and the world's most essential industry.


I invite you to apply for the SDARL program and elevate your knowledge of local, state, national, and international issues and challenges. Leadership involves participation, and the SDARL curriculum will equip you with the tools to better advocate for agriculture and tell your story. The program drives passion and motivation which will increase involvement in your community, civic organizations, and ag industry groups.


I encourage you to read the Cover Letter by clicking the button on the right side of the page. It details what you need to send us. The Information Packet provides some "rules of the road" of the leadership program, and has the seminar dates for Class X. The other buttons on the right are the forms you'll need.


Interested applicants can complete the necessary forms by clicking the links on the right hand side of this page. Once complete, send the documents to SDARL via email AND U.S. Mail to the address below:




1905 Plaza Blvd.

Rapid City, SD 57702    



Best regards,

Lori Cope, Executive Director



Cover Letter Class X Info Packet Class X Application Form Recommendation Form Reference Form Employer Consent Form Spouse/Partner Support Form Certifications