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
See Us Monday At The Iowa State Fair!

August 14, 2017 is Veterans Day at the Iowa State Fair.  Visit us Monday in the Agricultural Building and visit with farmer veterans.  We will be located to the left of the stage.  Don’t forget to visit partner sites, such as the USDA booth and learn about programs specifically for farmer veterans.  A flyer with more sites will be available at our booth.  Stay for the 2017 Friend of Veterans In Agriculture award ceremony.

Upcoming Event! USDA Disease Lab: Tour, Info On Ag Bio Security, and More

A tour and program at the USDA Disease Lab in Ames, Iowa is set for August 31, 2017. The day will include a tour of the facility, networking with their veterans group, as well as information on ag bio-security. Registration begins at 9 am, with the first program at 9:30 am. A picture ID, such as a driver’s license will be required to pass through security as you enter the building. Lunch will be
available at the cafeteria. For more information and to pre-register, contact us at info@veteransinagriculture.org