Austin Claeys joins USDA Rural Development

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Huron, SD – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development South Dakota Acting State Director Bruce Jones recently announced that Austin Claeys has joined the South Dakota USDA Rural Development team as a loan assistant and will be stationed in the Mitchell Office.

“Claeys has joined the USDA Rural Development team under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. I’m excited for the opportunity to bring new faces to the agency and help them to succeed in making South Dakota a better place through the many programs we offer,” said Jones.

Claeys is a recent graduate of South Dakota State University (SDSU) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Consumer Affairs/Business. He was raised in Huron and is looking forward to life in Mitchell. Claeys hobbies include golf, piano, tennis and bowling. Claeys spends his weekends spending time with his girlfriend Lindsey, who he met at SDSU.

“I am really excited to start this new experience. This is an amazing opportunity that I am glad to be a part of. I look forward to learning as much as I can and in turn doing my part to help improve and enhance the quality of life for all of rural America,” said Claeys.