Guest Contributor: Veterans Growing Careers in Agriculture

Elisha Smith
11/13/12

Veterans Day honors Veterans for their dedicated and loyal service. It’s important to thank veterans for their service. And helping returning vets transition from the military back into the workforce and into their post-military careers is equally important.

In the last decade, almost a million military service people have come from rural communities. As they return home, they bring along an opportunity to employ their passion, discipline, and sense of service to revitalize rural America.

Not enough new farmers and ranchers are getting started in rural America. By returning to their farming and ranching roots, veterans can carry on the proud tradition of America’s family farms and ranches.

That’s why the Center for Rural Affairs along with partnering organizations will host a Farm Training Webinar on Friday, November 16. The web-based training will allow people to participate wherever they are, including those deployed overseas.  Click here for webinar details.

The program will include virtual farm tours and discussions with Evrett Lunquist at Common Good Farm describing direct marketing of produce and livestock products; and veteran Garrett Dwyer explaining his cattle operation. The webinar will also focus on financing and land access options, disability assistance, loan programs and other resources for veterans.

The Center for Rural Affairs’ Veteran Farmers Project provides veterans with the knowledge to become successful farmers and ranchers. By creating sound farm and ranch businesses that tap into high value markets, returning veterans can reintegrate gracefully and fruitfully into America’s rural communities.

Elisha Smith is the Media & Outreach Assistant for the Center for Rural Affairs. The Center for Rural Affairs was established in 1973 as an unaffiliated nonprofit corporation under IRS code 501(c)3. The Center for Rural Affairs was formed by rural Nebraskans concerned about family farms and rural communities, and they work to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities.

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