MARSHALL COUNTY – Veterans often come back home and don’t know what to do next.
But Army specialist Curt Roseland always knew he wanted to be a farmer. From being stationed in Germany for three years, to the Iowa farmlands, Roseland is transitioning back to life on home soil.
Roseland is a third-generation farmer and always wanted to come back from the Army and live out the hog farming, family tradition in small town Marshall County. Niman Ranch made that dream into a reality when he returned home to Iowa in October.
“I definitely wouldn’t be farming without Niman,” he said.
When Curt returned to Central Iowa in October, Niman gave him the financial support he needed to get his farming career started.
“They are being very instrumental in the whole loan process,” he said. “That is the biggest problem with us young farmers face is the financing.”
The 21-year-old may be on the younger side when it comes to farming, but he feels like he’s grown tremendously since the day he enlisted.
“The Army definitely jump-started my growth and my success here,” Roseland said.
The work ethic and discipline he learned in the Army bodes well for his new life on the rach.
“Farming is definitely what I was meant to do,” said Roseland. “The army wasn’t something I could do for my whole life.”
With a whole life of farming ahead of him, Roseland is still trying to wrap his mind around how big of an honor it is to be a veteran.
“Just be proud every time you put on the uniform,” he said. “You can kind of forget while you are in the service (about) the magnitude of what you are doing everyday when you are doing small tasks, but it something to be proud of the whole time.”
Roseland’s family has been farming for about four decades. For the last 13 years, they’ve been with Niman Ranch. Niman is trying to double its number of pork producers and has invested $300,000 nationally to do so.