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 …

John Anderson


Craig Bieber

Owner/Rancher Bieber Red Angus Ranch

Bridget Blindert

Blindert Insurance Agency

Amy Blum

Freelance writing professional The Writing Rancher, Blum Ranches

Michael Crinion

Global Dairy LP

Glen Davis

CEO Legend Seeds

Kevin Deiter

Deiter Bros

Lisa Dorschner

Jeremy Freking

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

James gilkerson

Jerseydale Farms

Russell Hazel

Commodity Manager Poet Hudson

Londa Hexum

JR Farms

Paul Iburg

Eric Iversen

Rancher Iversen Angus Ranch

Mike Jaspers

Business Development Director East River Electric Cooperative

Kevin Jaspers

Financial Officer Farm Credit Services of America

Daniel Larson

Ag Lender First Premier Bank

Jesse Lewis

Lewis Angus Ranch

Jason McAreavey

McAreavey Farms

Rachel Mehlhaf

Vice President Farm Credit Services of America

Michelle Mulilenburg

Owner Dakota Risk Management

Dan Oedekoven

Rancher/Leadership Trainer

Anita Pepin

Black Hills AI Service, Inc. & ABS Global

Stephen Pohl

Ag Engineering

John Rickertsen

Research Agronomist NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center

Lola Roseth

Lura Roti

Freelance Agriculture Journalist, public relations

Curtis Samson

Muskrat Farm Supply

Bill Slovek

Slovek Ranch

Dana Stapleton

Stapleton Farms

Julie Walker

Beef Specialist SDSU Extension

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