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Land Link Sneak Peek

East Central South Dakota Livestock Farm: Picture yourself on a 160 acre farm. This one is near Canistota, South Dakota, pop 700 – about 30 miles northwest of Sioux Falls. You’ll see all grass on the farm. There’s a barn, several smaller outbuildings, 3 open-front sheds, and a poultry processing facility.

Across the Nation

Connecticut: The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is offering $5 million to provide matching grants up to $20,000 for projects that increase the state’s agricultural resource base. The competitive program will give priority to producing fruits and vegetables.

Veterans Fight to Farm

New Help Available for Veterans Seeking Entry into Agriculture

 With his son, Matt celebrates his return home after serving in Iraq. Matt and his family look to begin a new chapter of their lives operating a farm, but a lack of access to land, financing, and support has made this journey difficult. 

Matt recently returned from military service in Iraq. He works for a construction company that builds beachfront high rises in South Carolina. But this hard working, self-reliant veteran dreams of a greater future for himself and his family.

He spent his childhood on a horse farm and joined the National Guard in college. After graduation, Matt was posted to Iraq and served as a Cavalry Scout Platoon Leader, putting his leadership abilities and hands-on approach to life into action.

For the moment, Matt’s construction job pays the bills. But for a driven veteran coping with the upheaval of returning from combat to civilian life, it isn’t the right fit. Matt wants to create something he values, work for himself, and build a solid future for his young family.

These days, Matt, wife Kimberly, and their two sons are looking for a farm. Matt wants to run an environmentally conscious livestock operation producing pastured meats. Kimberly’s marketing background will help build a profitable operation.

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