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 …

Brad Sanderson

Synodically Authorized Minister Lake Preston/North Preston Lutheran Parish

Brandon Peterson

Peterson Angus

Brent Hoffman

Rifle Ranch, Inc.

Brian Gatzke

Consultant Northern Plains Appraisal, LLC & Gatzke Family Enterprises, LLC

David Iverson

Self employed - farmer

David Poppens

Partner O.K. Corral Inc.

Dwight Hossie

Livestock producer

Jason Reed

Reed Racnh

Jay Behrends

Great Western Bank

Jay Cutts

Cutts Farm

Jeanie Sobieck

Jeff Smeenk

Owner Center of the Nation Cattle Co.

Jerry Cope

Dakota Mill & Grain, Inc.

John Reisch

President Reisch Farms, Inc.

Kari O’Neill

SDSU Extension, O'Neill Cattle Co.

Lucas Lentsch

CEO Midwest Dairy Association

Lynn Hurley

Sales management

Mark DeVries

M Lazy V Ranch

Merrill Karlen

Self employed - cattleman

Michelle Robins

Managing Director SGS

Rebecka Richter-Havlik

Farmer/Rancher Pheasant Crest Lodge

Renee Olson

ROC Farms, LTD

Robert Thaler

Professor South Dakota State University

Roger Tubak

Samuel Johnston

Johnston Ranch

Scott Vander Wal

President South Dakota Farm Bureau, VaderWal Farms, Inc.

Terry Jaspers

Farm Credit Services of America

Thomas Jass

Senior Farm Manager and Brokers Associate Farmers Nation Company

Timothy Bickett

Hoop Beef System, LLC

Todd Van Maanen

Livestock Development Engineer Yankton Ukulele Co.

Travis Bies

H & T Bies Cattle Co.

Wallace Knock

Self employed - farmer

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