The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture in western South Dakota.  At a ceremony on December 5th, the “Ag Producer of the Year” award was given to the Slovek family, pictured at top (from left, Bill Slovek, SDARL IV, his wife Pennie, and Bo Slovek, SDARL IX).  They were recognized for innovation in farming and ranching practices, and their involvement in national and statewide organizations. The “Aggie of the Year” award was given to Silvia Christen (SDARL VII) for her advocacy and work on community projects, including the Central States Fair.


May 19, 2020

SDARL Graduate Publishes Article on Dealing with Loneliness

Veteran journalist Connie Sieh Groop, a graduate of SDARL Class VI, has written several articles about staying positive in times of COVID-19. Here is one …

March 26, 2020

SDARL Graduate Travels to Holy Land

The career of Brad Sanderson (SDARL III) has taken many twists and turns – from vocational education program director to banker, and now to the …

March 4, 2020

SDARL Class X Completes International Study Seminar to Vietnam and Cambodia

Understanding the culture and agriculture of two emerging U.S. trade partners brought the 10th class of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Foundation (SDARL) …

January 21, 2020

Leadership Seminar Focuses on Rural Health Care, Technology and Global Industry

The 10th seminar of Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) provided an in-depth look at Biofuels, Rural Health Care, and …

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