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

September 16, 2021

Fun at the State Fair

The annual gathering of SDARL graduates at the South Dakota State Fair was held on Saturday, September 4. It was a warm day in Huron …

September 16, 2021

SDARL Graduates in the News

It’s been a busy September for news in the agriculture industry, and many SDARL graduates are front and center in the headlines.   The new …

September 16, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural class of the South Dakota Soybean Genesis Leaders Program, sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Checkoff and …

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