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Curriculum Schedule – “Vision Leadership to Create Tomorrow’s Future”


Nov. 19-20, 2016  - Pierre

***  “The SDARL Journey & Orientation, Assessment Analysis-Strength Deployment Inventory, Meet your class, and SDARL Logistics  


Dec. 13–16, 2016 - Brookings

Madison Collaborative Leadership: Networking, Public Speaking & Communication, Etiquette, Dress for Success, Innovative Agriculture; Seminar Day with MARL, Energy Electrification, Poultry Production  


Jan. 24-26, 2017 - Pierre

State Govt. Agencies, State Legislature Day, Ag & Government Dynamics, Oahe Power Plant, Grasslands Coalition, Parliamentary Procedure, Ag Tourism


Feb. 11-17, 2017 -  Washington, DC

National Study/Travel Seminar: Opening Doors to Agriculture: Social, Political, Economic, Ag Activist  Issues, Federal Agencies, Govt. Ag Advocacy, Think Tanks, Natural Resources, Environmental, Chesapeake Bay EPA Tour


April 11-13, 2017 -Lower Brule Reservation, Winner

Native Nation Building/Tribal Governance, Rosebud Reservation Programs. Goals Setting. Conflict Management & Strengthening Relationships–Your Succession Planning Portfolio


June 12–15, 2017 - Black Hills

Ranching, Grazing, Permitting, Natural Resources/The Environment, Forestry, Mining, Conservation, Team Building, Class Project Presentations


July 18–20, 2017 - Eastern SD Rural Bus Tour

Rural/Urban development, Dairy, Processing, Shuttle Loaders, Biotechnology, Diversity in Ag. Local Products, Processing, Farm to Table Consumer Awareness


Nov. 7–9, 2017 - Spearfish West River

Range and Grassland Management, Sheep/Wool, Community Rural Development & Economic impact Opportunities while living next door to ND Bakken Oil Production in Harding Co.


Dec. 10–12, 2017 Aberdeen Area

Innovative Ag Industries, Ag Developments & Its Economic Impact on SD, Media Training, International Presentations


Jan. 16–18, 2018 Sioux Falls Area

Consumer Ag Relations, Philanthropy, Investing in Your Community, Futuristic Ag Outlook, Hutterite Lifestyle and Ag Diversification, Ag Foreign Policy, International Tour Briefing


Feb. /March 2018 International Study Tour TBA

Comparative Cultures, Social and Economic Systems, Customs, Politics, Import/Export Balance, How Globalization Makes Everyone Neighbors.


April 21-22, 2018 - Chamberlain

*** Graduation, Auction, International Debriefing, Class IX Leadership Opportunities. SDARL Alumni Participation


The Curriculum is subject to change without notice.

•***Seminar includes spouse/fiancé to participate in its entirety.