Experiential Leadership Learning

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!

Blog

June 8, 2021

Gary Cammack named to South Dakota Hall of Fame

Meade County rancher, businessman and legislator Gary Cammack (SDARL I) has been named to the 2021 class of inductees of the South Dakota Hall of …

June 8, 2021

Congressman meets with SDARL grad and other ag leaders

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson visited Scott Family Farms recently to talk ag issues and spend some time in the field with farmer leaders from the …

May 3, 2021

SDARL Class XI Launches Book Club

SDARL Class XI held the first in its online book club series on April 29, discussing “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by Chris …

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