#WeWantYou....find out what it takes to be a leader in Agriculture

The Tomorrow’s Ag Leaders (TAL) program is a leadership development program sponsored by the South Dakota Agri-Business Association (SDABA) and designed to improve leadership skills of South Dakota men and women working in agri-business.

Are you interested in:

  1. Increasing your understanding and knowledge of the programs, services and representation provided by SDABA?
  2. Increasing your understanding of the state and federal legislative process?
  3. Increasing your understanding and awareness of the various state and federal agencies that provide oversight of the agribusiness industry in South Dakota?
  4. Increasing your leadership and communication skills through professional development?
  5. Becoming a voice for agriculture through involvement in political campaigns or holding of public office?

If the answer is yes, then we are looking for you!

Here is what you will get to experience: 

(Attendance is mandatory at all sessions in order to graduate from the TAL program.)




An introduction to the legislative and regulatory arena in South Dakota with legislative leaders and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.  Personal visits with the South Dakota Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill; visit headquarters of national agribusiness associations and organizations; visit historical sites.  Business leadership development and political activities toward developing an informed and confident agribusiness leader. 


January 6-7, 2019
Pierre, SD


July 14-18 or July 21-25, 2019
depending when Congress is in session
Washington, DC


October, 2019
Sioux Falls, SD

A tuition of $500 per participant covers some program costs. However, the majority of the TAL program is underwritten by corporations and friends of the agribusiness industry as well as the South Dakota Agri-Business Association. 


Application (Microsoft Word)
Printable Brochure


Applications are due in the SDABA office no later than November 1 each year.  They will be reviewed, and selections made by the SDABA Board of Directors.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before November 15 each year.  

Participants selected for the program:

  1. Will be required to attend and participate in all sessions.
  2. Must be employed by a SDABA member company for the entire term of the program.
  3. Will be asked to pay a $500 participation fee to offset some of the program costs upon notification of selection.

2018 Class

Kyle Gustafson, Winfield United
Eric Miedema, Agtegra Cooperative
John Muske, CHS Northern Plains
Chris Redfield, Winfield United
Eric Paulson, Full Circle Ag
Mark Schaffner, CHS Inc
Matt Thompson, FMC
Jordan Thull, Legend Seeds
Kristyne Thull, Legend Seeds
Tara Tschetter, Agtegra Cooperative


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