Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture


Permaculture, What is it and how can it be used to grow a resilient food system”

Presenter:  Kyla Cox, she has studied Permaculture in Illinois

Date:  March 10 and 17

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost:  $60
Location:  Cherry Glen Learning Farm
3989 NW 94th Ave.
Polk City, IA 50226

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2016 Regional Beginning Farmer and Military Veteran Workshops

Sponsored by: Iowa Bankers Association, Farm Service Agency
FFA Alumni, Iowa Finance Authority, Veterans In Agriculture

Workshop Objectives Raise awareness of programs that support beginning farmers and military veterans
Identify program processes and points of contact

Targeted Invitees: Ag lenders, attorneys, CPAs, Farm Management Firms, Farm Coop Managers, FSA staff
Beginning and transitioning farmers, military veterans, FFA alumni, ag students
Everyone is welcome to attend and invite others interested in these programs
8:30-9:00 am Registration and coffee

9:00-9:30 am Farm Service Agency beginning farmer programs

9:30-10:00 am Iowa Finance Authority beginning farmer programs

10:00-10:15 am Veterans In Agriculture update

10:15-10:30 am Break

10:30-11:00 am Ag lender panel on regional ag topics

11:00-11:30 am Q & A

11:30 am Adjourn with regional FFA alumni and military veteran committee meetings

▪ There is no charge to attend these workshops
▪ See location and map for each workshop and to register at www.iowafinanceauthority.gov/iadd
▪ If questions, send email to IADD@iowa.gov

The assistance and support provided by the eight community college workshop hosts are sincerely appreciated
City Locations Dates Deadline to email RSVP
Calmar NEICC March 3 March 2
Emmetsburg Iowa Lakes CC March 8 March 7
Ankeny DMACC March 10 March 9
Ottumwa Indian Hills CC March 31 March 30
Mason City NICC April 8 April 7
Cedar Rapids Kirkwood CC April 12 April 11
Creston SWICC April 14 April 13
Carroll DMACC April 15 April 14

FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in Agriculture.

The FFA moto captures the spirit of the organization “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.”

National FFA week runs through Feb. 27.


If you are thinking farming as a career, there is no better time than now to get involved in agriculture.  As a military veteran, your leadership training and perspective can help America meet the challenges of producing food and rebuilding rural America.

Veterans in Agriculture is committed to helping you find meaningful work as you transition home, or if you have been out for years, we are working to provide partnerships to help get you started in Agriculture.



Veterans in Agriculture (Jeff Johnson) and Beginning Farmer Center (David Baker) shared a spot at the event to provide program information out to those in attendance.

Veterans from all military branches packed the Iowa Capitol Wednesday to hear the state’s leaders praise their service and promise their sacrifices won’t be forgotten.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a founding member of the Senate’s bipartisan Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today took part in the caucus’ “Veterans and Agriculture Briefing” along with Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The Iowa Senator also invited former Navy SEAL and Iowa bison farmer, Jathan Chicoine, to speak on the panel. Chicoine now serves as the Veterans Services Coordinator at Iowa State University and also raises bison on his family farm outside of Ames.

In her opening remarks Senator Ernst stressed the importance of initiatives that connect veterans to jobs in agriculture, “I have had a lot of veterans that have come to me and express interest in agricultural areas because of the connection between what they are doing in the service and the applicability of those skills when it comes to agriculture.” The Senator added that her goal for the event was to “highlight some of the wonderful initiatives that are out there connecting veterans to careers in agriculture.”

Mr. Chicoine noted that jobs in agriculture are particularly beneficial to veterans, “Many veterans find purpose in being a part of something larger than themselves. Agriculture seems to be a natural fit, as it allows many of us to continue serving society in meaningful ways.”

Women are the fastest growing demographic of both beginning farmers and military veterans. Many women from both urban and rural backgrounds are interested in farming. Iowa is home to 17,835 women vets. The rate of unemployment for women vets is higher than that of men.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network is helping match beginning women farmers with experienced farm mentors. This structured mentorship program will provide hands-on experience as well as farm business planning training sessions.

For more information email WFAN or call 515-460-2477.