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.


August 15, 2020

Applicants Sought for SDARL Program Director Position

SDARL is seeking applicants for a Program Director to guide South Dakota’s premier leadership development experience.   Beginning in October of 2020, the position requires a …

June 16, 2020

Eleventh Leadership Class Selected for SDARL Program

The eleventh class has been selected for the South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership (SDARL) program. Twenty-six individuals from across the state will participate in …

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 …

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