Leadership Program

South Dakota Farmers Union leads the way in advocating for agriculture and rural development throughout South Dakota.

We realize the need to sponsor and nurture the next generation of leaders for our communities, which is why South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation funds Rural Economic and Leadership (REAL) and Jr. REAL Development and other leadership-related programming throughout the year.

What participants have to say

"REAL has helped me better understand myself and how I can better communicate with other personality traits. As a manager this has been invaluable. The speakers are inspirational and their topics have helped me grow immensely."

2013-2014 REAL participant, Stephanie Ford, lab manager at Glacial Lakes Energy
"I use what I learned at REAL every day in my work as a loan officer."

- 2013-2014 REAL participant, Emma Schaunaman, First State Bank of North Dakota, LaMoure, N.D.


Our class will meet three times during a 12 month period. Lodging and meals are provided FREE with this course. A $50 fee is required.