Funds establish and enhance farming and ranching opportunities for military veterans
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces six awards(link is external) to help military veterans pursue farming and ranching careers. Grants are made through NIFA’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program (AgVets). Section 760 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244, 115th Congress) provides funds to NIFA for AgVets to provide grants to nonprofit organizations for training programs and services to establish and enhance farming and ranching opportunities for military veterans.
“NIFA is committed to supporting military veterans who want to pursue careers in agriculture,” said NIFA Director Scott Angle. “AgVets funded projects will give our veterans the tools they need to be successful farmers and ranchers, ultimately preserving and strengthening our rural communities.”
These AgVets projects will increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on, and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans.
- Farmer Veteran Coalition, Davis, California – $979,978
- North-South Institute, Davie, Florida – $584,632
- Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education Corp, Manhattan, Kansas – $999,300
- Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden, New Bern, North Carolina – $281,659
- Recipe for Success Foundation, Houston, Texas – $999,997
- Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, Inc., Medford, Wisconsin – $954,434
USDA wants to ensure that veterans looking to return home, or start a new career on a farm or in a rural community have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. USDA’s Veterans website serves as a one-stop navigator for veterans looking to learn more about employment, education, and entrepreneurship on or beyond the farm.