We’re developing leaders for our state. Find out about our next class.
Invest in leaders for agriculture and rural communities in South Dakota.
Leaders are not born, they develop their leadership abilities over time. They fine-tune their communication and motivation skills, learn to build consensus, develop a depth of understanding second-to-none in their field of expertise, and they nurture the character of servant leadership that is within them.
The South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Foundation (SDARL) develops leaders in three programs: our flagship 18-month leadership development program for 28 individuals who will rise to leadership roles in our state and communities; Graduate Experience seminars for our lifelong-learning program alumni; and contracted leadership training for FFA advisors, commodity board members, and partner organizations. Explore our website and learn more!
The SDARL Foundation has a dynamic Board of Directors consisting of leaders in agriculture from across the state and nation.
Every day, the 300 graduates and class members of the SDARL program make a positive and profound impact on agriculture and rural communities throughout the state.
Program funding comes from companies, individuals, and partner organizations who share a passion for developing leaders who will keep South Dakota agriculture and rural communities thriving!
Jeff Thompson (SDARL VII) was featured on KELO-TV discussing trade, tariffs, and assistance for soybean growers. Jeff serves as Secretary of the South Dakota Soybean …