Experiential Leadership Learning

Developing Leaders for a Lifetime

A Network of State Leaders

Making Friends for a Lifetime

Identifying and Building on Strengths

Leaders Who Make a Difference

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Now Taking Applications for Class XII!

Are you ready to begin your leadership journey with SDARL? Applications are open now!

About Us

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; The SDARL Graduate Experience seminars for our lifelong-learning program alumni; and “Leadership 2.0” leadership training for commodity board members, FFA advisors, community non-profit boards and partner organizations. Explore our website and learn more!

Board

The SDARL Foundation has a dynamic Board of Directors consisting of leaders in agriculture from across the state and nation.

Leaders

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.

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Investors

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!

Blog

January 15, 2023

Congratulations SDARL Family

Check out the SDARL Life Events Celebrations and Recognitions for September 2022 CONGRATULATIONS to you all and welcome to the SDARL family for the new …

December 21, 2022

SDARL Announces Janelle Booth New CEO

SDARL Announces Janelle Booth as New CEO  Brookings, SD – The Board of Directors of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Foundation is …

December 19, 2022

Dacotah Bank Seminar on Environment, Biofuels, and Innovation Held Virtually Due to Blizzard

During COVID, the SDARL board made the decision to hold off proceeding with Class XI Seminars so that class members could experience the full depth …

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