The Rural Economic and Leadership (REAL) Development Program Development Program is a comprehensive series designed and tailored for rural South Dakotans who currently serve or have a willingness to serve in a leadership role. Participants will receive challenging yet supportive development in personal motivation, leadership strategy, goal achievement, and community growth. Through innovative speakers and hands-on activities, participants will develop skills that can be directly applied to their own lives.
When they made their first YouTube parody video to teach friends about life on their family's Kansas farm, Greg Peterson says he and his siblings never thought it would go viral - receiving more than 5 million hits. The video launched him and his family into agriculture activism.
This September, Peterson will travel to several South Dakota rural high schools, invited by South Dakota Farmers Union as part of the family farming organization's Jr. REAL program (Junior Rural Economic and Leadership).
The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation provides camps for youth of all ages. The camps provide an atmosphere of recreation, adventure and fun while our youth learn about Farmers Union, cooperatives, leadership and social interaction. These camps are divided into three categories: State, District and County Camps. Camps run from end of May through middle of August each summer.