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 Blum

Freelance writing professional The Writing Rancher, Blum Ranches

Anita Pepin

Black Hills AI Service, Inc. & ABS Global

Bill Slovek

Slovek Ranch

Bridget Blindert

Blindert Insurance Agency

Craig Bieber

Owner/Rancher Bieber Red Angus Ranch

Curtis Samson

Muskrat Farm Supply

Dan Oedekoven

Rancher/Leadership Trainer

Dana Stapleton

Stapleton Farms

Daniel Larson

Ag Lender First Premier Bank

Eric Iversen

Rancher Iversen Angus Ranch

Glen Davis

CEO Legend Seeds

James gilkerson

Jerseydale Farms

Jason McAreavey

McAreavey Farms

Jeremy Freking

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Jesse Lewis

Lewis Angus Ranch

John Anderson


John Rickertsen

Research Agronomist NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center

Julie Walker

Beef Specialist SDSU Extension

Kevin Deiter

Deiter Bros

Kevin Jaspers

Financial Officer Farm Credit Services of America

Lisa Dorschner

Lola Roseth

Londa Hexum

JR Farms

Lura Roti

Freelance Agriculture Journalist, public relations

Michael Crinion

Global Dairy LP

Michelle Mulilenburg

Owner Dakota Risk Management

Mike Jaspers

Business Development Director East River Electric Cooperative

Paul Iburg

Rachel Mehlhaf

Vice President Farm Credit Services of America

Russell Hazel

Commodity Manager Poet Hudson

Stephen Pohl

Ag Engineering

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