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 …

Jay Cutts

Cutts Farm

Jerry Cope

Dakota Mill & Grain, Inc.

Travis Bies

H & T Bies Cattle Co.

Timothy Bickett

Hoop Beef System, LLC

Jay Behrends

Great Western Bank

Mark DeVries

M Lazy V Ranch

Brian Gatzke

Consultant Northern Plains Appraisal, LLC & Gatzke Family Enterprises, LLC

Brent Hoffman

Rifle Ranch, Inc.

Dwight Hossie

Livestock producer

Lynn Hurley

Sales management

David Iverson

Self employed - farmer

Terry Jaspers

Farm Credit Services of America

Thomas Jass

Senior Farm Manager and Brokers Associate Farmers Nation Company

Samuel Johnston

Johnston Ranch

Merrill Karlen

Self employed - cattleman

Wallace Knock

Self employed - farmer

Lucas Lentsch

CEO Midwest Dairy Association

Renee Olson

ROC Farms, LTD

Kari O’Neill

SDSU Extension, O'Neill Cattle Co.

Brandon Peterson

Peterson Angus

David Poppens

Partner O.K. Corral Inc.

Jason Reed

Reed Racnh

John Reisch

President Reisch Farms, Inc.

Rebecka Richter-Havlik

Farmer/Rancher Pheasant Crest Lodge

Michelle Robins

Managing Director SGS

Brad Sanderson

Synodically Authorized Minister Lake Preston/North Preston Lutheran Parish

Jeff Smeenk

Owner Center of the Nation Cattle Co.

Jeanie Sobieck

Robert Thaler

Professor South Dakota State University

Roger Tubak

Todd Van Maanen

Livestock Development Engineer Yankton Ukulele Co.

Scott Vander Wal

President South Dakota Farm Bureau, VaderWal Farms, Inc.

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