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Ethan farmer helps Send a Cow to College

Matt Bainbridge, 32, got a jump start on his farming career when as a college junior his grandma was ready to sell her farm.

“I always wanted to come back to the farm, so when the opportunity to buy my grandma’s farm came up, even though I was still in college, I took it,” said the Ethan farmer who raises corn, soybeans and cattle.

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After graduating from South Dakota State University with degrees in agriculture and agronomy, Bainbridge purchased a few cows with the help of an FSA loan.

“Cattle are a good way to utilize resources. They can graze land that is not suitable for growing crops or graze corn stalks and cover crops after harvest,” Bainbridge said.

Impacting the future of South Dakota’s cattle industry is one reason Bainbridge participates in the Send a Cow to College Campaign.

“If we can make advancements and improvements to the cattle business it will have a huge impact on our state,” he said.

Funds generated through this campaign will be utilized to construct a new state-ofthe-art cow-calf education and research facility at SDSU. The facility has an estimated cost of $4.1 million. A little more than half has been raised, from individuals, financial institutions, businesses and organizations.

How you can participate

The process is simple; cattlemen can complete a deed of gift form at their auction market of choice. This transfers ownership of the cow or cows to the SDSU Foundation and relieves owners of any tax consequences for the animals donated to the campaign.

If producers prefer, they can donate calves instead of cows. Monetary donations or tax free gifts of grain are also accepted.

For more information, contact Jim Krantz, SDSU Extension cow/calf field specialist at 605-480-1056. To learn more about Bainbridge and other cattle producers who are contributing to the Send a Cow to College Campaign, visit

— Source: SDSU Extension