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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be part of the SDARL program?


If you are committed to South Dakota agriculture and to rural communities and their relationship to local, national and international issues, you can apply for our 18-month program during the first quarter of every even-numbered year. The class will be made up of, but not restricted to, men and women predominately between 25 and 55 years of age.


Clasws X (ten) applications are being accepted January 1 - March 30, 2018.


Who is eligible?


1. Each applicant must be working in agriculture or rural community development in or around South Dakota.


2. It is required that candidates have a current record of demonstrated leadership capability.


3. Our goal is to have two-thirds of the 30-members be actively involved as full-time operators of production agricultural units, with the remainder from the agribusiness sector, related organizations, support industries, or are currently serving as leaders in rural communities.


What are the requirements for participation?


1. Participants are expected to participate in all seminars of the 18-month program and must demonstrate a high level of interest to remain a viable class member.


2. Self-employed participants must offer evidence that time away for study tours and seminars will not adversely affect their business or operation. Those who are not self-employed must have the approval of their employers.


Class X candidates will interview in April 2018 with class selection being announced in June 2018. The first seminar will be held in Chamberlain on November 2018.


What are the costs?


There is no application fee. If selected, tuition for Class X is $4,200 (plus tax) for the two-year experience, payable in four installments. Participants are responsible for travel costs to and from seminars and some incidentals, but SDARL pays for hotel, airfare, most meals, and other direct seminar-related costs. The first fee is not due until after acceptance to the class.


This cost is shared by participants and private donors. Member’s tuition represents only a one-quarter of the actual cost incurred by the program on behalf of each participant.



All applications will be considered impartially regardless of gender, race, religion, creed, disability, age, marital status, veteran’s status, sexual orientation or national origin

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