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2023 National School for Experienced Ag Bankers
Monday, June 26, 2023 to Thursday, June 29, 2023
Category: SDBA Events

2023 National School for Experienced Ag Bankers

June 26-29, 2023

Black Hills State University | Spearfish, S.D.

The National School for Experienced Ag Bankers is a seminar for experienced ag bankers who want to further develop their ag lending skills, learn new skills, confirm existing methodology and meet fellow bankers who share the same career path. Taught by a nationally-recognized faculty of bankers, academics and other real-world ag banking practitioners, this program is focused on ag lending opportunities and challenges that are relevant to ag bankers from across the United States. 

Set in beautiful Spearfish, S.D., right in the center of the United States, students will have ample time to enjoy the scenic Black Hills of South Dakota. Whether you enjoy hiking in Spearfish Canyon, rock climbing in the Black Hills National Forrest, viewing monuments such as Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, or just testing your luck at the tables in historic Deadwood, S.D., Spearfish has you covered! Go to www.visitspearfish.com for more details.

This school is limited to 72 students. Priority will be given to bank employees and regulators. In the event the school fills, a waitlist will be implemented and students will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis off the waitlist.

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Now that you have some experience in credit servicing, credit analysis and risk rating, the school instructors will provide course material primarily by case study, supported by lectures and intensive analysis. Instructors will provide valuable information and additional analytical tools that will guide and inform you on how to approach and resolve complex loans. You will gain skills that will help with early identification of problem loans and discovering solutions.

The curriculum for this school is built on a foundation of six pillars that are essential to ag bankers:

1. Advanced Ag Credit Making Skills

  • Cash to Accrual
  • Understanding Advanced Marketing Concepts
  • Multi-Entity Lending

2. Problem Loan Servicing and Resolution of Problem Loans

  • Analyzing Causes of and Corrective Actions
  • Understanding and Avoiding Lender Liability Situations
  • Improving Lender-to-Borrower Communications

3. Intermediate and Long-Range Farm Economic Outlook
4. Business Ethics
5. Real World Case Studies
6. Peer Interactions
All sessions will be presented in a relaxed, open format seminar approach that encourages you to interact with fellow students and faculty. For a detailed look at the curriculum, visit www.sdba.com/ag-school.


Students will stay on campus in new student housing in private rooms, with two units connected by a shared bathroom. Rooms are air conditioned with gorgeous views of the Black Hills. On campus housing is strongly encouraged; however, it is not required. There are also hotel room blocks at the following locations for those who wish to stay off campus. PLEASE NOTE HOTEL RELEASE DATES.

Best Western
540 E Jackson Blvd
Spearfish, S.D.
Phone: 605.642.7795
Rate: Queen - $164; King - $179
Release: April 25, 2023

Days Inn Spearfish
240 Ryan Road
Spearfish, S.D.
Phone: 605.642.7101
Rate: Queen - $159
Release: May 1, 2023

Fairfield Inn & Suites
2720 1st Ave. East
Spearfish, S.D.
Phone: 605.642.3500
Rate: Queen - $129
Release: May 25, 2023

Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center
305 North 27th Street
Spearfish, S.D.
Phone: 605.642.4683
Rate: Standard - $149.99; Suite - $179.99
Release: May 25, 2023


Includes tuition, on-campus housing June 26-28, breakfasts and lunches on June 26-29, and student materials. Everything you need for the school is provided in the registration fee.

• State Banking Association Members: $1,895 per person
• Non-Members: $1,995 per person
• A $250 cancellation fee will be charged if canceled after May 5, 2023.
• No refund if canceled after June 1, 2023.
• Substitutions are allowed at any time.


ROBERT CRAVEN is an extension economist and associate director of the Center for Farm Financial Management, at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn.

DANA DYKHOUSE is the Chief Executive Officer of First PREMIER Bank in Sioux Falls.

DENNY EVERSON is retired from First Dakota National Bank in Yankton, S.D., where he served as president of the agri-business division and director of branch administration.

NATE FRANZEN is president of the agri-business division at First Dakota National Bank in Yankton, S.D., where he and his team service more than $1.2 billion in agricultural loans for the bank.

ROBERT HAYES is a member of the banking and financial services practice group at Davenport Evans in Sioux Falls, S.D. He has served for years on the State Bar’s Debtor Creditor Committee, accumulating nearly a decade as committee chair.

ROB L. MEADORS is an attorney with the law firm of Brende & Meadors LLP in Sioux Falls, SD. Rob primarily practices in debtor/creditor matters, bankruptcy, business and civil litigation and transactional matters.

SAM MILLER is managing director, group head of agriculture banking for BMO Harris Bank in Appleton, Wis., where he coordinates and leads production agriculture and agribusiness-related banking activities.

JACKSON TAKACH is the chief economist and senior director of strategy, research and analytics at Farmer Mac in Washington, D.C.

EDWARD USSET serves as a grain marketing economist for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn.

PAULINE VAN NURDEN is an extension economist for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn.


Contact Halley Lee or Natalie Likness at [email protected] or 800.726.7322 for more information or if you have any questions.