SDARL Program Director Jennifer Henrie provided an interactive training segment on communication skills for NRCS. The week-long NRCS program for newer members of NRCS, Conservation District, and partner organization staff provided training on information and planning tools that help landowners better manage and conserve their soil and water resources. Interacting with members of the public plays a large role in their work and communication skills are vital as they deliver technical advice and expertise to farmers and ranchers and explain the benefits of conservation practices.

Based on SDARL’s expertise and track record in leadership development, NRCS partnered with SDARL to provide a training segment in communication skills. Topics Henrie presented included active listening and how to network. About 20 participants received this training and had the opportunity to learn and practice skills to help them interact with their clients.

NRCS is a strong supporter of SDARL and regularly nominates candidates for the SDARL program. Alumni include Shane Reis (SDARL VIII), Ryan Beer (SDARL IX), Tanse Herrmann (SDARL X), Colette Kessler (SDARL XI), and Matt Odden (SDARL XI), with Justin Boerboom an incoming member of SDARL XII.


September 27, 2023

Join Class XII for an Evening with Coach Stig and President Dunn

SDARL alumni and friends are invited to join Class XII in Brookings on December 12, 2023 for “An Evening with Coach Stig and President Dunn.” …

September 14, 2023

Walt Bones (Class II) Inducted Into the South Dakota Hall of Fame

A Caring Advocate for Agriculture Article credit: South Dakota Hall of Fame When Walt Bones is asked to serve, he says “yes!” From serving as …

September 14, 2023

West River Golf Tournament Recap

Thank you and congratulations to all the players, winners, and sponsors of the SDARL West River Golf Tournament on September 7, 2023! It was a …

September 14, 2023

Beef Bowl Tailgate!

It was a fun day in Brookings at the SDARL tailgate event with Zoetis on September 9, 2023. Hosted by Craig Dybedahl (Class II) and Matt …

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