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.
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.