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 …

Sara Bauder

SDSU Extension, VS-Berg Farm

Gary Deering

Deering Ranch

Joel Erickson

MJ Erickson Farms

Shawn Freeland

Self employed - rancher

Will Haugen

Vice President/Branch Manager First Dakota National Bank

Jeremy Hinke

Project Specialist East Dakota Water Development District

Eric Jennings

Hollow Valley Ranch

Corey Johannsen

Producer Johannsen Farms

Jamie Johnson

Johnson Farms

Laurie Johnson

Johnson Cattle, Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Jim Kanable

Director of Agronomy North Central Farmers Elevator

Joshua Kettwig

Financial Officer Farm Credit Services of America

Jared Knock

Owner Dakota Vision Ag, Inc.

James Kroupa

Bjorn Nelson

District sales manager Monsanto - Huron

Randy Nelson

Nelson Angus Ranch

Sandy Osterman

Osterman Farm, Avera Saint Lukes

Amy Pravecek

Zoetis, Inc.

Shaun Rausch

Hurley & Associates

Monte Reichert

Shane Reis

District conservationist and rancher Natural Resource Conservation Service, Reis Ranch

Doyle Renaas

Self employed - ag producer

Amanda Roth

Sales representative Mycogen Seeds

Warren Rusche

Beef feedlot management associate SDSU Extension

Stuart Samson

Self employed County Line Seed

Dusty Schley

Schley Farms

Nick Scott

Owner NGS Construction

Warren Symens

Symens Brothers Limousin

Eric Tieszen

Dakota Tilling

Sarah Tveidt

Aimpoint Research

Trudy Wastweet

Midwest Dairy Association

Ward Youngblom

Cargill One Trak

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