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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!


The SDARL Foundation has a dynamic Board of Directors consisting of leaders in agriculture from across the state and nation.


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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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!


February 25, 2021

Ground Works/SD Ag in the Classroom Promotes Class Member

Cindy Heidelberger Larson (SDARL XI) has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for Ground Works/South Dakota Ag in the Classroom. Cindy Heidelberger Larson, above …

February 20, 2021

Blair Family Recognized by Legislature

    Congratulations to Ed and Wanda Blair (SDARL I) who were recognized by the South Dakota State Senate after their ranch received the Leopold …

February 20, 2021

CEO Moderates Legislative Forum

SDARL CEO Don Norton moderated two legislative forums sponsored by the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee. The virtual events were held Saturdays …

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