Lealand Schoon (SDARL Class VI) became a Certified Range Management ConsultantIf you’re looking for a Certified Range Management Consultant, we have a newly certified one right here in the SDARL midst.  Lealand Schoon (Class VI)  recently became certified through the International Society for Range Management (SRM).  He is skilled in grazing management principals and practices relating to grazing systems, soil/plant relationships, vegetative response to grazing, climate smart conservation, and rangeland soil health.  Lealand is a 30 year career employee of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  He also owns and operates a ranch in Mellette.

Another alum is shining at The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association as the new Director of Communications & Outreach. Lorrin Naasz, SDARL (Class X) recently started her position with the organization.  Naasz works on behalf of South Dakota cattle producers to advance grassroots policy as a unified voice at the state, local, and national level. She will be responsible for developing and executing communication strategies, as well as facilitating and growing industry relations.

Congratulations Lealand and Lorrin!



January 15, 2023

Congratulations SDARL Family

Check out the SDARL Life Events Celebrations and Recognitions for September 2022 CONGRATULATIONS to you all and welcome to the SDARL family for the new …

December 21, 2022

SDARL Announces Janelle Booth New CEO

SDARL Announces Janelle Booth as New CEO  Brookings, SD – The Board of Directors of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Foundation is …

December 19, 2022

Dacotah Bank Seminar on Environment, Biofuels, and Innovation Held Virtually Due to Blizzard

During COVID, the SDARL board made the decision to hold off proceeding with Class XI Seminars so that class members could experience the full depth …

December 5, 2022

CEO Don Norton Retires

After five years as CEO of South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership, Don Norton has retired.  His last official event was the Agtergra Seminar on …

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