SDARL Announces Janelle Booth as New CEO 

SDARL CEO Janelle BoothBrookings, SD – The Board of Directors of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Foundation is pleased to announce and welcome Janelle Booth as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective March 20, 2023.

Booth is a native of Timber Lake, South Dakota, and has been working at Montana State University and in the Montana University System for 15 years. She was co-founder and director of REAL Montana, a highly successful leadership training program for Montana industry and agricultural leaders, and served as a research director for the Montana University System in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. She currently serves as the university’s Director of Government Affairs and chief lobbyist, and is a member of the university President’s executive team.

“We’re very excited to have Janelle return home to South Dakota as the CEO of SDARL,” said Todd
Mortenson, Chair of the SDARL Board of Directors. “Her experience in leadership education and
knowledge of our state enables her to take our state’s premier leadership development program to
the next level.”

Booth holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Montana State and a Bachelor’s degree
in biology from South Dakota State University. She and her fiancé, Troy Lindskov, both grew up
near Timber Lake in the north-central part of South Dakota and are returning there to work alongside
family on their Black Angus cow-calf operation.

“Troy and I grew up farming and ranching. It is a dream of ours to continue that tradition and an
opportunity came up for us to do that,” Booth said. “We are looking forward to returning to our
family roots.”

Booth steps into the CEO position at SDARL following the November 2022 retirement of Don
Norton.

The SDARL program is a series of 12 seminars over 18 months where competitively-selected class
members learn the skills, knowledge and character of leaders for agriculture and rural
communities in South Dakota. SDARL also offers leadership training to partner organizations and to
graduates through SDARL Learning Network. The SDARL Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation, is
the management and funding organization for the program and other leadership development efforts.

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