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


December 2019
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

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 …

October 2, 2019

SDARL Graduate Honored as Eminent Leader

Gary Cammack (SDARL I) was recognized as an Eminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community during a banquet at South Dakota State University on September …

October 2, 2019

First Dakota Bank Named “Friend of the Beef Industry”

Long-time SDARL supporter First Dakota National Bank Agricultural Banking Team has been named the 2019 South Dakota State University “Friend of the Beef Industry.” The …

August 7, 2019

Leadership Alumni Tour Ireland and Scotland Agriculture and Culture

The South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Foundation “Graduate Experience” program recently conducted a two-week cultural and agricultural study tour of Scotland and Ireland. The …

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HL Brunner & Sons

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Blair Ranch

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Blum Ranches

Cole Briggs

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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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