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 …

Chase Adams

Senior Policy Advisor American Sheep Industry

Danci Baker

Consultant Keep Farmers Farming Legacy

Tammy Basel

Basel Red Angus

Ron Brownotter

Brownotter Jet Buffalo Ranch, LLC

Kelly Bruns

Director University of Nebraska - West Central

Mary Ellen Cammack

Field Supervisor NASDA & Flying C Ranch

Sarah Caslin

Caslin Ranch

Glen Crawford

Self employed - farmer Crawford M.S.&F

Corey Eberhart

Eberhart Cattle

Travis Ellison

President Dacotah Bank

Joey Hanson

Owner Diversified Agronomy, LLC

Noelle Harding

Animal Health International

Gregory Kopriva

Kopriva Angus

John Melius

Manager Hurley & Associates

Tyler Melroe

Hubbard Feeds, Melroe Farms

Codi Mills

Editor Cattle Business Weekly

Todd Mortenson

Cattle farmer Mortenson Cattle Co.

Jon Nelson

Self employed - cattle farmer

Marlin Nilsson

Nilsson Farms

Susi Odden


Shane Odegaard

President Odegaard Family Farms Inc.

Michael Reecy

Farm Credit Services of America

Olga Reuvekamp

Executive Director Minnesota Agriculture & Rural Leadership, Hilltop Dairy

Clint Ridley

Ridley Livestock Co. LLC, Ridley & Associates, Ridley Ranch

Rebecca Rink

Owner Rebecca Rink Veterinary Supply, Dakota Provisions

Sal Roseland

R&R Pheasant Hunting, LLC, Roseland Ranch

Jon Schaeffer

Self employed - farmer

John Schallenkamp

Schallenkamp Farms, JB Tile

Lealand Schoon

Schoon Ranch, USDA - NCRS

Connie Sieh Groop

Freelance Agriculture Journalist Groop Farm

Kari Vander Wal

Soybean Procurement Manager South Dakota Soybean Processors

Ryan Wagner

Associate broker and farm manager Bolt Marketing LLC, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, Wagners Inc.

James Wangsness

Diamond W Land & Cattle Co.

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