Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

Home Base Iowa Grand Opening of new office at Camp Dodge

August 12th, Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and joined Adj. General Orr to celebrate the grand opening of the Home Base Iowa office located in the Warrior and Family Service Center at Camp Dodge. “Having a dedicated office for our Home Base Iowa effort located at Camp Dodge is just another step in Iowa’s journey to be the most veteran-friendly state in the nation,” said the Governor. Since Home Base Iowa (HBI) started in 2014, the program has grown to include over 1300 partner businesses that are pledging to hire veterans for 7,000 jobs. To date, there are 20 CHAMPS institutions and 40 HBI communities, with another 15 communities currently going through the designation process. Most importantly, through the statewide efforts of the HBI program, over 2750 veterans have found meaningful employment in Iowa according to information from the Iowa Business Council. The afternoon breakout session that concentrated on increasing collaboration with communities, businesses and veteran organization in Iowa. Jeff Johnson and Lyle Stewart represented Veterans in Agriculture Lyle is scheduling a follow-up meeting with Adj. General Orr to discuss the 2016 Veterans in Agriculture Annual Conference at Camp Dodge on Sept. 24th.

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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.


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Recorded Lunch and Learn Series Links

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