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


August 2022
September 2022

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

August 1, 2022

New Board Members Elected at Annual Meeting

At its annual meeting, the SDARL Board of Directors elected two new directors to serve on the board. Sara Steever, Chief Technology Officer of agriculture-focused …

August 1, 2022

SDARL Graduates Selected for Leadership Team

Agtegra Cooperative is pleased to announce promotions to its Senior Leadership Team. Agtegra’s CEO Jason Klootwyk noted, “As we continue to invest in our core …

July 18, 2022

SDARL Graduate Receives Beef Improvement Federation Award

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Dr. B. Lynn Gordon (SDARL VII, pictured above at right) the BIF Ambassador Award June 2 during the group’s …

July 18, 2022

Register NOW for SDARL West River Golf Outing

Great prizes and great fun are in store for the SDARL West River Golf Outing on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at the Elks Golf Club …

Amy Freeburg

Freeburg Hay LLC

Carol Gillen

Gillen Farm

Cheri Rath

Value Added Agriculture Development Center

Chris Wirt

Wirt Farms

Clay Ekstrum

Ekstrum Simmentals

Craig Blindert

Blindert Insurance Agency

Craig Dybedahl

Senior Territory Business Manager Zoetis

Darrell Davis

Davis Farms

David Grinde

Grinde Family Farm

Dewayne Siebrasse

Owner/Beef Nutritional Consultant Cattlecents Consulting, Inc.

Edward Briggs

Self employed - rancher

Jeff Madison

JEM Farms

John Morse

Morse Farms

Justin Stockall

Kenneth McFarland

Self employed - rancher

Kim Vanneman

Vanneman Farms

Kurt Stiefvater

Self employed - farmer

Marc Reiner

Self employed - farmer

Mark Vanderwerf

Farm Credit Services of America

Marshall Edleman

Edelman Ranch

Mary Beth Assman

Assman-Lovejoy Cattle Co.

Mary Duvall


Nathan Sparks

First Dakota National Bank

Penny Dye

Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic, Dyesville Angus

Scott Phillips

North Star Ranch

Sonya Kroupa

Kroupa Pukwana Cattle Co., The Quilt Shop, Farm Bureau Insurance

Walter Bones

Hexad Farms

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