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
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SILT Farm Listing

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust is offering land in south central Iowa to a beginning farmer interested in growing food in a sustainable way.
This year they are offering to lease up for to 25 acres fruit and vegetable production, livestock such as poultry, goats, rabbits, sheep or a small number of hogs.

This opportunity exists on a 40-acre parcel 18 acres of which are timber. All SILT farmers are expected to choose one of 5 third-party certified sustainability standards available at silt.org.
Interested applicants should send a business plan and resume and references with proof of at least one year of recent on-farm experience to info@silt.org. For more information about this opportunity, email SILT at the email address above or by emailing info@veteransinagriculture.org