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 …

Mary Beth Assman

Assman-Lovejoy Cattle Co.

Craig Blindert

Blindert Insurance Agency

Walter Bones

Hexad Farms

Edward Briggs

Self employed - rancher

Darrell Davis

Davis Farms

Mary Duvall


Craig Dybedahl

Senior Territory Business Manager Zoetis

Penny Dye

Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic, Dyesville Angus

Marshall Edleman

Edelman Ranch

Clay Ekstrum

Ekstrum Simmentals

Amy Freeburg

Freeburg Hay LLC

Carol Gillen

Gillen Farm

David Grinde

Grinde Family Farm

Sonya Kroupa

Kroupa Pukwana Cattle Co., The Quilt Shop, Farm Bureau Insurance

Jeff Madison

JEM Farms

Kenneth McFarland

Self employed - rancher

John Morse

Morse Farms

Scott Phillips

North Star Ranch

Cheri Rath

Value Added Agriculture Development Center

Marc Reiner

Self employed - farmer

Dewayne Siebrasse

Owner/Beef Nutritional Consultant Cattlecents Consulting, Inc.

Nathan Sparks

First Dakota National Bank

Kurt Stiefvater

Self employed - farmer

Justin Stockall

Mark Vanderwerf

Farm Credit Services of America

Kim Vanneman

Vanneman Farms

Chris Wirt

Wirt Farms

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