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 …

Adam Wirt

Poet, Wirt Farms

Brendan Sheppard

Sheppard Grain

Bryan Prins

Prins Cattle Co. Inc., Prins Ranch Inc.

David Lambert

Director of Regional Development Dakota Heartland Development Association

David Schroth

Manager/Owner Strategy Bison, Cold Creek Buffalo, Polaris Feeding

David Skaggs

Agriculture Development South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Dawn Scheier

Scheier Farms

Debra Dodson

Dodson Ranch

Douglas Theel

Agribusiness Banker Great Western Bank

Douglas Wevik

Wevik Farms

Eric Mousel

Cow/Calf Educator University of Minnesota

Frank Bloom

Self employed - farmer/rancher

Jason Mischel

Valley Queen Cheese

Jeremy Lehrman

Senior sales representative Sedona Ag Services, Windy Creek Cattle

Jody Heemstra

News Farm Director Dakota Radio Group

Kevin Hoff

Hoff Farms

Kip Hansen

Dacotah Bank

Lynn Kruse

Dakota Energy Cooperative

Matthew Johnson

Owner Johnson Farms

Michelle Olson

Kipply Accounting, Kipply Angus Farm

Nancy Johnson

Cattle feeding and farming

Nathan Meland

Owner Meland Farm, Inc.

Nicolien Hammink

Hammink Dairy, LLC

Raymond Epp

Self employed - farmer

Raymond Smith

President First National Bank, Philip

Rebecca Rancall

Self employed, instructor Western Governors University

Scott Vance

Faith Livestock

Shirley Thompson

Territory Business Manager Zoetis, Inc.

Tammy Anderson

South Dakota Animal Industry Board

Travis Antonsen


William Richter

Richter Ranch

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