Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

Who We Are

We are farmers, veterans, agri-business professionals, educators, and other service providers dedicated to empowering veterans to thrive in Iowa agriculture.

We have programs and resources for veterans aspiring to farm. We provide guidance to veterans seeking employment in agriculture and rural areas. We are a network for sharing experiences, disseminating resources, and identifying collaborations.

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Programs & Resources

The Veterans In Agriculture Network
Our network of members and supporters is the heart of VIA. Join today to share experiences and learn from others.

VIA Resource Guide
VIA can put new farmer veterans in touch with service providers to help develop a successful farm operation.

Rural America Hiring Heroes
Find the resources and organizations that can help you locate and succeed in an agricultural career.

Find a Farmer Veteran
Learn where you can buy local farm products from veterans, find a veteran to lease your farmland, or hire a veteran for your ag or rural business.

Free Lunch and Learn Series

Time:  Noon to 1 pm. CST

 

March 3rd  The volatility of grain markets can keep you guessing, but there are tools to help mitigate these risks.  Learn grain marketing basics from a veteran and grain company manager. While this subject can be very extensive, learn the basic terms and how these tools and strategies can help you manage risks due to market fluctuations.

 

March 10th  Learn about improved tools and opportunities for livestock producers to manage livestock market issues and risk management programs and policies. The webex will also producer decisions and recent changes to the Livestock Risk Protection insurance policy.

 

March 17th  What are the requirements for Beginning Farmer loans and what information should you have prepared when meeting with an ag loan officer?  Learn these basics and more.  We will also provide information on tax credits to assist beginning farmers and how they can be used with other lenders such as USDA.

 

March 24th  Do you have a conservation plan?  Conservation planning involves working to address concerns on your land, with a focus on natural systems and ecological processes that sustain resources.  Then a USDA employees will provide information about their programs and services which can help you meet your conservation goals on your farm or farm operation, along with benefits related to farmer veterans.

 

March 31st Do you have a formal farm business structure, what are the types, or should you even set one up for your operation?  We will explore the options, benefits, and even pitfalls of forming an S-Corp, an LLC and other business structures.  The discussion on legal risks continues learn how these structures impact future planning or transition onto a farm?  We will also discuss the importance of separating enterprises and other topics as you learn to minimize legal risks.

 

For more Information or register here:   https://bit.ly/veteransinag-webinarseries

 

Recorded Lunch and Learn Series Links

Did you miss one of our Lunch and Learn Sessions?   They were recorded!  See the missed sessions using the links below:

 

February 24th:  The Farm Bill, and Crop Insurance