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 Ehlers

Elhers Farms Inc.

Adam Schindler

Schindler Farms

Bart Randall

Randall's Farm and Feedlot

Benjamin Stout

Riverview Dairy, LLP

Bo Slovek

Slovek Ranch

Brian Bannwarth

Bannwarth Ag

Brian Gilbert

Vice President, Ag Banking Manager First National Bank, Sioux Falls

Brian Temus


Chad Nelsen

Self employed - ag producer

Danielle Hanson

Policy Advisor SD Department of Agriculture

Derek Little

Agribusiness loan officer First Dakota National Bank, Little Cattle & Lamb

Jason Warrington

Independent crop consultant New Horizon Ag Tech

Jennifer Henrie

Program Director SDARL

Jonathan Kleinjan

Agronomist SDSU Extension

Kara Kayser

Marketing Director Trail King

Kyle Schell

Schell Ranch

Lacey Caffee

Caffee Ranch, LC Promotions

Lee Sanderson

Agtegra Cooperative

Matt Dybedahl

Seed DSM WinField United

Peggy Bieber

Owner Bieber Red Angus Ranch

Rebecca Christman

Ag United for South Dakota

Robert Thuringer

Lakeco Crop Services, Pioneer Seed

Ryan Beer

NRCS/USDA, Beer Ranch

Sarah Hill

Owner/communications specialist Clover Hill Communications

Scott Biskeborn

Biskeborn Farms

Shelby Bartling

Feed Consultant County Pride Cooperative

Tiffani Robertson

Self employed - rancher T-N-T Event and Marketing

William Clanton

Clanton Ranch

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