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

Schedule

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

June 23, 2022

SDARL Well Represented at Governor’s Ag Summit

SDARL graduates and class members are well known for their leadership in agriculture, which may explain the large number of program members who attended the …

June 23, 2022

Thaler Named Interim Chair of Department of Animal Science

Dr. Robert Thaler (SDARL III) has been named the interim Chair of the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University. Bob replaces Dr. …

June 6, 2022

Graduates Featured in Soybean Videos

Two SDARL Graduates have been featured in a series of videos from the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, called the “Check off Check …

June 4, 2022

SDARL Class II Graduate Named Governor’s Ag Ambassador

Congratulations to Walt Bones, a member of SDARL Class II, who has been named the 2022 Governor’s Ag Ambassador. Walt is a fourth-generation producer and …

Bill Aeschlimann

Dakopta Lamb Feedlots

Bill Hansen

Community Development Specialist South Eastern Council of Governments

Brad Brunner

HL Brunner & Sons

Cody Jorgensen

Producer Jorgenson Land & Cattle

Cole Briggs

Trails End Ranch, Ranchland Technologies

Don Larson

Owner Larson Auction Service

Douglas Hoff

Self employed - ag producer

Douglas Van Duyn

Double D Feedyard

Gary Cammack

Cammack Ranch Supply

James Nielson

First Dakota National Bank

Jay Blum

Blum Ranches

Jim Petrik

Petrik Farms

John Fink

Self employed - farm manager

John Smith

JCS Farms, Inc.

Karla Pazour

Pazour Family Feeders

Kirk Schaunaman

CK Farms

Matt Connor

Connor Farms

Mike Dykes

Senior Business Manager Smithfield

Nathan Franzen

Agribusiness President First Dakota National Bank

Pam Geppert

Broadcaster Dakota Farm Talk

Roger Gerdes

Self employed - realtor

Steve Halverson

Steve Halverson Farm, Halverson Hunts

Susan Wilsmer

Self employed

Todd Bushong

Self employed - ag producer

Tom Brunner

Brunner Dairy, Inc.

Wanda Blair

Blair Ranch

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