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 …

Brian Bannwarth

Bannwarth Ag

Shelby Bartling

Feed Consultant County Pride Cooperative

Ryan Beer

NRCS/USDA, Beer Ranch

Peggy Bieber

Owner Bieber Red Angus Ranch

Scott Biskeborn

Biskeborn Farms

Lacey Caffee

Caffee Ranch, LC Promotions

Rebecca Christman

Ag United for South Dakota

William Clanton

Clanton Ranch

Matt Dybedahl

Seed DSM WinField United

Adam Ehlers

Elhers Farms Inc.

Brian Gilbert

Vice President, Ag Banking Manager First National Bank, Sioux Falls

Danielle Hanson

Policy Advisor SD Department of Agriculture

Jennifer Henrie

Human resources/marketing manager Phillip Health Services, Inc.

Sarah Hill

Owner/communications specialist Clover Hill Communications

Kara Kayser

Marketing Director Trail King

Jonathan Kleinjan

Agronomist SDSU Extension

Derek Little

Agribusiness loan officer First Dakota National Bank, Little Cattle & Lamb

Chad Nelsen

Self employed - ag producer

Bart Randall

Randall's Farm and Feedlot

Tiffani Robertson

Self employed - rancher T-N-T Event and Marketing

Lee Sanderson

Agtegra Cooperative

Kyle Schell

Schell Ranch

Adam Schindler

Schindler Farms

Bo Slovek

Slovek Ranch

Benjamin Stout

Riverview Dairy, LLP

Brian Temus


Robert Thuringer

Lakeco Crop Services, Pioneer Seed

Jason Warrington

Independent crop consultant New Horizon Ag Tech

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