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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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October 17, 2021

Support Action Leadership

Why should you support SDARL financially? Because our graduates are people of action! You don’t see SDARL graduates sitting on the sidelines. They’re stepping up …

October 17, 2021

Harvest 2021

Harvest 2021 is underway and results of soybean and corn yields are mixed. If you received rain during the growing season, you did better than …

October 7, 2021

Beef Bowl 2021

It’s an annual tradition – SDARL graduates and friends gather for fun and fellowship (and football!) at the Beef Bowl game at South Dakota State …

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