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


January 2020

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

March 26, 2020

SDARL Graduate Travels to Holy Land

The career of Brad Sanderson (SDARL III) has taken many twists and turns – from vocational education program director to banker, and now to the …

December 31, 2019

West River Ag Awards Presented to SDARL Graduates

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture in western South Dakota.  At a ceremony on December …

October 24, 2019

SDARL Graduate Has Largest Native American-Owned Buffalo Herd

Ron Brownotter (SDARL VI graduate) and his family are featured in an article from Forum News Service and seen in the Duluth News Tribune. It’s …

October 2, 2019

SDARL Graduates in the News

The Agriculture Committee of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce and SDSU Extension hosted the first-ever “Ag on the Square” event on September 21st.  The …

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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