U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Mike Lee, a sheep rancher Carissa Lee listens closely to conversations during a 'brown bag' luncheon with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, and U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, and local agriculture and forestry leaders, at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Rapid City, SD, on May 19, 2017.
SFC Lee serves with the Army National Guard of South Dakota, and shares in the sheep ranching with wife Carissa, near Sturgis, SD. The new farmers have worked closely with Farm Services Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Manager Ron Adam (right) to help build their business. USDA photo by Lance Cheung. Original public domain image from Flickr