Welcome to Your SDARL Leadership Journey

We are excited that you’re considering taking the next step in developing your leadership potential through the SDARL program. On behalf of our Board of Directors, over 300 graduates and current class members, let me assure you that being selected for a SDARL class is a rewarding and life-changing experience. Our board is looking for Class XII to have a balance of its members actively working in agricultural production (farmer or rancher), and in ag-related industries and community development.

The application has several parts, and the items in the Application Packet should be thoroughly reviewed to help you understand the application process before you begin. Please review this information carefully, discuss the commitment with your family and your employer, and consider the impact of making such a significant investment in yourself. If SDARL is right for you, the experience will change your life!

I welcome your questions and am here as a resource for you throughout the application process. Please connect with me if I can assist you.

Sincerely, Jennifer Henrie, SDARL Program Director

Jennifer.Henrie@sdstate.edu | (605) 441-4729

  • Please review the Program FAQ Page and the SDARL: About the Program Page to acquaint yourself with the requirements of a participant in the SDARL program.
  • Responsibility to ensure submission of all forms rests with the applicant. Applications that are incomplete or lack a reference response from one of your references will not be considered.
  • All applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application and recommendations from SDARL.  A committee will screen all applications.  South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership will notify each applicant of his or her acceptance status after the selection committee has concluded its work.
  • Up to 28 applicants will be accepted to each class.  If applicants are not accepted, they may reapply for another class.
  • The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2023.

Ready? Let’s go!