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What Others are Saying About SDARL

"SDARL's impact throughout agriculture is evident, as each Secretary of Agriculture that has served under my administration is a graduate of the program. The leaders and alumni of SDARL are making a profound difference to improve and build on agriculture and our state as a whole."


South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard


"Leaders are the driving force of small towns and rural communities. SDARL plays an integral role in identifying and developing leadership skills for individuals to provide a voice in public and private agricultural policy decisions. South Dakota agriculture needs promoters, advocates, and leaders to speak up in support of agriculture issues and SDARL provides the necessary training, tools, and resources to develop leadership capabilities to assist in strengthening and providing vitality to South Dakota agriculture."


South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn


“SDARL’s focus of empowering leadership throughout South Dakota is evident. You would be hard-pressed to find an organization or governing body that does not currently have a SDARL membership presence. The ability to transcend through every sector and viewpoint of our agricultural industry and rural geography is what defines SDARL as such a unifying and empowering organization.”


South Dakota Secratary of Agriculture and Farmer Mike Jaspers


“SDARL spotlights the diversity of agriculture in South Dakota and reveals the common thread tying us all together. From production agriculture to Main Street retail, SDARL strives to facilitate understanding while developing a network of people working to enhance the quality of life in South Dakota.”


Pam Geppert, Dakota Farm Talk


"SDARL provides the power of perspective. The people, the curriculum and the length of the program allowed for an in-depth agricultural immersion that provides the professional and personal courage to get outside of our comfort zones. SDARL is THE program of today and tomorrow that has and will continue to lead agriculture and our state forward."


Lucas Lentsch, CEO Midwest Dairy Association and South Dakota Secratary of Agriculture


"The members of the South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership program have emerged as the most influential group in our State's number one industry…Agriculture. SDARL graduates have become leaders and decision makers in our SD townships, counties,  SD Legislature, State appointed committees and commissions,  State and National commodity and farm organizations, as well as members and advisors to SD Governor Daugaard's cabinet. Our last three SD Secretaries of Agriculture have been SDARL graduates. SDARL is the "go to" group in South Dakota Agriculture"


Walt Bones, Owner Hexad Farms and Former South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture


"The SDARL ‎experience was invaluable in helping expand my understanding of agriculture and its role in the state and nation, as well as gain a broader appreciation for global agricultural issues. SDA‎RL creates a network of friendships and connections across the state of people who are passionate about agriculture and South Dakota."


Mary Duval, South Dakota House of Representatives

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