Thank you to First Interstate Bank for a generous investment of $10,000 in the SDARL annual fund, moving the bank into the Platinum Donor category, designating gifts of $10,000 and above. First Interstate recently merged with Great Western Bank, expanding the bank’s territory to eight new states and increasing philanthropic support. These funds will be used to support the final 5 seminars for SDARL Class XI.

SDARL calls donors “investors” because the return on their investment is lived out in the leadership service of program graduates across the state and nation, and in local communities of South Dakota. Companies interested in investing in the future of agriculture and rural communities are encouraged to contact Don Norton, SDARL CEO, at

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Pictured are, from left, Jay Behrends (SDARL III), First Interstate ag banker in Aberdeen; Jeff Scheel, First Interstate Agri Business Market President; SDARL CEO Don Norton; and Greg Peters, First Interstate Bank in Brookings.



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 …

November 18, 2022

Class XI Agtegra Seminar Rural Vitality and Entrepreneurs

SDARL Class XI members were entertained and enlightened in Aberdeen and Milbank, South Dakota at the Agtegra Seminar on Rural Vitality and Entrepreneurs. The class …

November 18, 2022

Congratulations to the Littles

Congratulations and welcome are in order for the addition of a Little family member. Yes, Little is capitalized because Derek Little (SDARL Class IX) and …

November 18, 2022

Corey Chicoine elected President of Class XI

Sixth-generation farmer and Pioneer Seed representative, Corey Chicoine of Elk Point, SD was elected President of Class XI at the Agtegra Seminar on Ruralvitality and …

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