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

November 25, 2021

SDARL Graduates Featured at Farm Bureau Annual Convention

The South Dakota Farm Bureau held its 104th annual convention on November 19 and 20, 2021 in Sioux Falls. Several SDARL graduates were in attendance …

November 24, 2021

Dacotah Bank Endows Leadership Seminar for SDARL Program

Making a positive impact within the communities where they live and work is the culture of the 11th largest ag bank by dollar volume in …

November 15, 2021

South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leaders Begin Their Journey

Members of Class XI of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program (SDARL) began their leadership learning journey by exploring their strengths, developing as …

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