Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

Iowa Farmer Today recently ran a story featuring Jason Kerr, a veteran and farm business owner. The article captures Jason’s story, which illustrates the desire of many returning veterans to enter agriculture and find a sense of purpose from feeding their communities and country.

Jason’s interview summarizes many of the challenges and opportunities experienced by beginning farmer veterans in seeking a farm’s most critical asset – land.

“Looking into the future, Kerr wants to become a full-time row crop farmer. He has worked with the Iowa State University Beginning Farm Center, Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Farmer Veteran Coalition to start his operation.

He says many veterans who want to farm will seek out the resources to help them get started.

While there are many resources, from organizations to state and federal incentives to help veterans farm, Kerr says access to land is the biggest challenge.

He says one of the challenges is to educate landowners to the opportunities of working with a veteran.”

The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa is working to educate landowners on the benefits of renting land to a beginning farmer veteran, such as the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit they can receive through the Iowa Finance Authority. We can also provide advice to our veteran members on how to engage and sell themselves to landowners.

 

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Fencing Panels/5th Wheel Hitch

Veterans In Agriculture’s Equipment Donation Program is now accepting applications for those interested in either of the following items.

Item #1: Eight chain link wire fencing panels. These measure 6 foot tall and are approx. 10 feet wide.

Item #2: 5th wheel hitch that fits inside of a truck and can be used to pull a trailer or camper.

These items will need to be picked up in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Applications will be taken through November 1, 2018. Use this link for more information and to find the application form: https://veteransinagriculture.org/programs/farm-equipment-donation-exchange-program/

If you have additional questions contact us at info@veteransinagriculture.org

Farm Starts

Watch this space for details about an upcoming meeting that will discuss organic production.