Apply Today for SDARL Class VIII

Posted: 1/27/2014

For 15 years, the South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership (SDARL) program has been helping build the next generation of business, farm, community and public policy leaders for the state.  Applications are now being accepted for the next SDARL program class – don’t miss your opportunity!

About 30 South Dakotans will make up SDARL Class VIII. The group of men and women will engage in 12 seminar sessions, including a national and international study tour over the course of the 18-month class. Applications and all information are available online at The deadline to apply for SDARL Class VIII is March 31. Applicants will interview in April, the class will be announced in June and officially begin November 22, 2014 in Chamberlain, SD.

“Men and women interested in developing their leadership skills, expanding their Ag knowledge or taking on leadership roles in agriculture and their rural communities are encouraged to apply,” said Lori Cope, executive director of SDARL. “SDARL is about leadership for rural communities, as well as for agriculture. The goal is to get people involved in the decision-making processes and impact their community in a pro-active way.”

Past program participants include agricultural producers, bankers, non-profit professionals, economic developers, and others who work in ag-allied industries. Program alumni have gone on to serve in state and local government, as well as national and international leadership positions.

SDARL is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing leadership for agriculture and rural communities in order to enhance the quality of life for all South Dakotans. Now in its 15th year, SDARL has over 200 alumni working in Agriculture across South Dakota.

E-mail Olga Reuvekamp, SDARL program director at for more information.


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