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 …

Tammy Anderson

South Dakota Animal Industry Board

Travis Antonsen


Frank Bloom

Self employed - farmer/rancher

Debra Dodson

Dodson Ranch

Raymond Epp

Self employed - farmer

Nicolien Hammink

Hammink Dairy, LLC

Kip Hansen

Dacotah Bank

Jody Heemstra

News Farm Director Dakota Radio Group

Kevin Hoff

Hoff Farms

Matthew Johnson

Owner Johnson Farms

Nancy Johnson

Cattle feeding and farming

Lynn Kruse

Dakota Energy Cooperative

David Lambert

Director of Regional Development Dakota Heartland Development Association

Jeremy Lehrman

Senior sales representative Sedona Ag Services, Windy Creek Cattle

Nathan Meland

Owner Meland Farm, Inc.

Jason Mischel

Valley Queen Cheese

Eric Mousel

Cow/Calf Educator University of Minnesota

Michelle Olson

Kipply Accounting, Kipply Angus Farm

Bryan Prins

Prins Cattle Co. Inc., Prins Ranch Inc.

Rebecca Rancall

Self employed, instructor Western Governors University

William Richter

Richter Ranch

Dawn Scheier

Scheier Farms

David Schroth

Manager/Owner Strategy Bison, Cold Creek Buffalo, Polaris Feeding

Brendan Sheppard

Sheppard Grain

David Skaggs

Agriculture Development South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Raymond Smith

President First National Bank, Philip

Douglas Theel

Agribusiness Banker Great Western Bank

Shirley Thompson

Territory Business Manager Zoetis, Inc.

Scott Vance

Faith Livestock

Douglas Wevik

Wevik Farms

Adam Wirt

Poet, Wirt Farms

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