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.