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Developing Leaders for a Lifetime

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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!

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April 21, 2022

Sign Up for Alumni Trip to Kentucky

SDARL alumni and current class members are invited to tour Kentucky August 7 – 12, 2022! Travel on your own or make arrangements through our …

April 20, 2022

SDARL Class Explores the Value of Human Diversity in Agriculture

Exploring the patchwork of cultures and people that unite agriculture and rural communities was the focus of the fifth seminar of South Dakota Agricultural & …

April 20, 2022

SDARL Seeking Communications and Alumni Coordinator

The South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership (SDARL) Foundation is seeking a communications professional to provide public relations, social media, and alumni relations activities for …

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