Graduate Testimonials

“I’ve been through a lot of leadership courses, including the graduate school of banking, and the SDARL program, it’s a very in-depth dive, a very in-depth look at agriculture in our state, and gives you a much broader perspective both nationally and internationally.”

Brian Gilbert
Senior Vice President, Ag Banking Manager, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

“The biggest benefit of the SDARL program for me has been the networking opportunities. I’ve had the opportunity to broaden my horizons across the agricultural world inside and outside of South Dakota.”

Kara Kayser
Marketing Director, Trail King

Leadership Lived: SDARL Alumni Discuss Leadership Learning

Many graduates say that the biggest benefit of the program is belonging to the network of their classmates and graduates of the SDARL program. Some say they enjoyed learning of the broad scope of South Dakota agriculture. Some realized their potential as a communicator, and others grew in their knowledge of agriculture’s global footprint. Every graduate has said it is time well spent.

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Graduate Related News Blog Items

December 20, 2018

SDARL Graduate Selected as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

Following a nation-wide search to find the best and brightest to serve South Dakota’s largest industry, Governor-elect Kristi Noem announced that Kim Vanneman (SDARL II) …

December 18, 2018

Attitude Expert is Featured Speaker for SDARL Alumni and Guests

Renowned attitude expert Matt Booth was the featured speaker at a December 12 afternoon seminar for graduates of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership …

December 4, 2018

SDARL Graduates Take Center Stage at Recent Events

SDARL graduates and staff members were featured prominently in several events during November. Above, Scott Vander Wal (SDARL III), President of the South Dakota Farm …

November 30, 2018

SDARL Graduate and Class Member Featured in Video

SDARL Graduate Gary Cammack (SDARL I) and his family are featured in a video about being selected recipients of the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award for …

Brad Brunner

HL Brunner & Sons

Wanda Blair

Blair Ranch

Jay Blum

Blum Ranches

Cole Briggs

Trails End Ranch, Ranchland Technologies

Bill Aeschlimann

Dakopta Lamb Feedlots

Tom Brunner

Brunner Dairy, Inc.

Todd Bushong

Self employed - ag producer

Gary Cammack

Cammack Ranch Supply

Matt Connor

Connor Farms

Mike Dykes

Senior Business Manager Smithfield

John Fink

Self employed - farm manager

Nathan Franzen

Agribusiness President First Dakota National Bank

Pam Geppert

Broadcaster Dakota Farm Talk

Roger Gerdes

Self employed - realtor

Steve Halverson

Steve Halverson Farm, Halverson Hunts

Bill Hansen

Community Development Specialist South Eastern Council of Governments

Douglas Hoff

Self employed - ag producer

Cody Jorgensen

Producer Jorgenson Land & Cattle

Don Larson

Owner Larson Auction Service

James Nielson

First Dakota National Bank

Karla Pazour

Pazour Family Feeders

Jim Petrik

Petrik Farms

Kirk Schaunaman

CK Farms

John Smith

JCS Farms, Inc.

Douglas Van Duyn

Double D Feedyard

Susan Wilsmer

Self employed

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