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 …

Alan Hojer

Legacy Consultant First Dakota National Bank, Hojer Gelbvieh

B. Lynn Gordon

Owner/CEO LEADER Consulting

Cayla Graves

FFA Advisor Platte-Geddes School District

Dawn Nagel

County Executive Director and producer USDA, Nagel Bros

Erin Yost

Agribusiness loan officer First Dakota National Bank

J.P. Heber

Jeff Thompson

Self employed - farmer/cabinet maker

Joe Schefers

Regional agronomy lead Bayer/Monsanto - Brookings

Kari Sanders

Self employed - rancher USDA - Farm Service Agency

Kelly Brandlee

Riverview Dairy, LLP

Kevin Moe

Director, Commercial and Agribusiness Banking First National Bank, Yankton

Kristy Smith

USDA - Farm Service Agency, Smith Farms

Kurt Zuehlke

Owner, partner Zuehlke Feedlot, Z-Co Farms

Lynn Deibert

Deibert Farm

Mike Frey

FreyView Dairy Farm, Inc.

Mike Traxinger

Corporate Attorney Agtegra Cooperative

Monica Mandernach


Nathan Jensen

Hidden View Farms, LLC

Randall Questad

Sales Rep, Pastor Pioneer and Farmer, Baltic Lutheran, East Nidaros Church, Questad Farm and Seed

Rebecca Wellenstein

Cutler Law Firm

Ross Tschetter

Tschetter Farms Partnership

Silvia Christen

Stacey Sorlien

South Dakota Pork Producers

Ted Smith

Sioux Valley Engergy

Todd Pennings

Director of Operations Kansas Dairy Ingredients

Tracey Walsh

Ag teacher & FFA advisor Kimball School District

Travis Bunde

Senior Engineer Raven Industries

Travis Johnson

Triple J Cattle Co.

Ty Eschenbaum

Partner A1 Development Solutions, Wienk Charolais

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