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

December 13, 2021

Four Ag Secretaries from SDARL at Uniting Ag Event

SDARL was well represented at the December 8, 2021 South Dakota Agriculture Stakeholders reception, sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Association and South Dakota Soybean …

December 13, 2021

SDARL Graduate at Forefront of Dairy Digester Project

Ground was broken on November 10, 2021, for the development of VF Renewable Energy, one of the newest anaerobic digester facility projects to be designed …

November 25, 2021

SDARL Graduates Featured at Farm Bureau Annual Convention

The South Dakota Farm Bureau held its 104th annual convention on November 19 and 20, 2021 in Sioux Falls. Several SDARL graduates were in attendance …

November 14, 2021

SDARL Celebrates 20th Anniversary

It was a grand night at Cedar Shores in Oacoma as SDARL alumni and Class XI members gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the …

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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