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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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

December 5, 2022

CEO Don Norton Retires

After five years as CEO of South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership, Don Norton has retired.  His last official event was the Agtergra Seminar on …

November 18, 2022

Class XI Agtegra Seminar Rural Vitality and Entrepreneurs

SDARL Class XI members were entertained and enlightened in Aberdeen and Milbank, South Dakota at the Agtegra Seminar on Rural Vitality and Entrepreneurs. The class …

November 18, 2022

Congratulations to the Littles

Congratulations and welcome are in order for the addition of a Little family member. Yes, Little is capitalized because Derek Little (SDARL Class IX) and …

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