Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

Below is a listing of press items featuring Veterans in Agriculture and other stories about farming veterans.

Mason City KIMT News 3, Group Links Military Veterans With Farming Careers
When a military veteran returns home, he or she can often have trouble finding work or may desire a career change.  Members of a national group are working to link those veterans with careers in agriculture.

Jason Kerr, with the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa is an Army veteran as well as a farmer.  He says the skill set a veteran learns in the military field is very transferable to the farm field.

“Very disciplined,” Kerr said.  ”There are times when the weather’s not perfect – maybe it’s wet or a little cold – and you’ve gotta be out there getting something done.  You just know you’ve got to go out there and get it done.”

Kerr says the group can help the person looking to plant a few crops to take to a farmers market, or start a major livestock operation – and everyone in between.

You can see the video here.

Des Moines KCCI News 8, Program Helps Veterans Become Farmers
KCCI News Channel 8’s Five O’clock show featured a story on the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa, interviewing Executive Officer, Ed Cox, and farming veteran, Aaron White.

You can read the transcript and watch the video here.

Newton Daily News, FVCIA Gives Veterans Opportunity to Farm
Des Moines Register, Workshops Planned to Help Veterans Interested in Farming
Leopold Center News, Workshops Assist Iowa Veterans Who Want to Farm
Ottumwa Courier, Battlefield to Farmer's Field
Public News Service, Iowa Veterans Transition from Battlefield to Farm Field
Wallace's Farmer, Register Now for Iowa's First Farmer Veteran Conference
Iowa Bankers Exchange, Iowa Banker Mike Bobst Works to Help Veterans Through Farmer Veteran Coalition
Farm News, Help for Vets Who Want to Farm
Iowa Farmer Today, Vet pursues love of farm
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