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Young and Eager

John Lindstrom is on his way to farming fulltime someday.

The Beresford, S.D. ,high school senior - who was named the 2007 South Dakota FFA Star Farmer - has a sheep flock and custom baling business.

He's planning to attend college in the fall and major in ag business.

"I hope to keep growing," he says, "and be able to farm fulltime someday."

Lindstrom knows he faces some extra challenges. His parents don't farm full-time, he doesn't have an established operation to plug into. But he says he hopes to find a way to reach his career goals.

John Lindstrom hopes to grow his sheep and custom baling enterprises into full-time farming someday.

"Livestock will probably be the way I'll be able to get started," he says.

He started raising sheep as 4-H project when he was in junior high school. He now has 90 ewes and markets finished lambs. In the future, he hopes to diversify into pigs and/or cattle perhaps through contract finishing or raising cattle on shares.

Custom baling business is a good fit, too. Lindstrom, who was baling hay for his ewes, picked up some work from neighbors. This year, he had enough business to justify trading up for a newer baler and tractor.

"I'll need to get lucky and get some breaks to be able to farm full time someday," he says. "But it's what I want to do. I really love it."

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