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 …

Amanda Roth

Sales representative Mycogen Seeds

Amy Pravecek

Zoetis, Inc.

Bjorn Nelson

District sales manager Monsanto - Huron

Corey Johannsen

Producer Johannsen Farms

Doyle Renaas

Self employed - ag producer

Dusty Schley

Schley Farms

Eric Jennings

Hollow Valley Ranch

Eric Tieszen

Dakota Tilling

Gary Deering

Deering Ranch

James Kroupa

Jamie Johnson

Johnson Farms

Jared Knock

Owner Dakota Vision Ag, Inc.

Jeremy Hinke

Project Specialist East Dakota Water Development District

Jim Kanable

Director of Agronomy North Central Farmers Elevator

Joel Erickson

MJ Erickson Farms

Joshua Kettwig

Financial Officer Farm Credit Services of America

Laurie Johnson

Johnson Cattle, Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Monte Reichert

Nick Scott

Owner NGS Construction

Randy Nelson

Nelson Angus Ranch

Sandy Osterman

Osterman Farm, Avera Saint Lukes

Sara Bauder

SDSU Extension, VS-Berg Farm

Sarah Tveidt

Aimpoint Research

Shane Reis

District conservationist and rancher Natural Resource Conservation Service, Reis Ranch

Shaun Rausch

Hurley & Associates

Shawn Freeland

Self employed - rancher

Stuart Samson

Self employed County Line Seed

Trudy Wastweet

Midwest Dairy Association

Ward Youngblom

Cargill One Trak

Warren Rusche

Beef feedlot management associate SDSU Extension

Warren Symens

Symens Brothers Limousin

Will Haugen

Vice President/Branch Manager First Dakota National Bank

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