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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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