Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

The IA Farmer Veteran Network
Our network of members and supporters is the heart of VIA. Join today to share experiences and learn from others.

VIA Resource Guide
VIA can put new farmer veterans in touch with service providers to help develop a successful farm operation.

Rural America Hiring Heroes
Find the resources and organizations that can help you locate and succeed in an agricultural career.

Find a Farmer Veteran
Learn where you can buy local farm products from veterans, find a veteran to lease your farmland, or hire a veteran for your ag or rural business.

Our Comprehensive Approach

Veterans In Agriculture provides a comprehensive approach to accomplishing its mission of empowering veterans to succeed in Iowa agriculture. This means providing information, making referrals, and creating networking opportunities for farmers and ag career seekers.

Veterans Seeking Agricultural Jobs and Careers

If you’re looking for a career in agriculture or to hire veterans into your existing agriculture business, you’ll likely find our Rural America Hiring Heroes program most beneficial.

Veterans Seeking to Start or Grow Their Farm Business

If you’re a veteran looking to start or grow your own farm business, this VIA Framework helps tie our farmer assistance programs together in order to lay a strong foundation and provide the tools and information needed to grow your farm business.

Start with the Farm Building Resource Guide for information on critical issues for a successful farm business. Next, utilize our network of service providers and other farmers that can provide further advice on constructing your farm business.

Your Farm Business
Ultimately, your success will depend on your own hard work and perseverance but also on your ability to change and adapt. As your farm grows we encourage you to continue to take part in the VIA network, attend workshops, and guide other veteran farmers.
VIA Network
We rely on our farming veteran members to share experiences and resources. Join the network to meet with, learn from and share experiences with other farming veterans dealing with the same issues and striving toward similar goals.

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Continuing Education
Use the Events Portal to find diverse learning events. You can subscribe to receive updates based on your type of operation and interests. VIA hosts occasional workshops on topics of concern expressed by our members.

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Iowa VIA Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers
Knowledge.  Knowledge is the keystone to any successful farm enterprise. This extends far beyond knowing how to grow things. In our Farm Building Resource Guide you’ll find information on business development and formation, financial planning, marketing, and more. You’ll also find information on how to further your learning by fully utilizing agricultural and veterans assistance programs.

Capital.  Farms also require capital. In the Farm Building Resources you’ll find information on agricultural and veterans financial assistance programs. As a veteran, you may have access to VA programs that can increase the bottom line of your farm business. Its important to fully utilize these programs as well as typical farm programs through the USDA, Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and others.

Land.  Farmers need a place to raise crops and livestock. While closely associated with access to capital, our Guide addresses land access issues beyond financing a land purchase. We provide information on alternative land access models, how to use small parcels for high return products, and how to market yourself to landlords. We again explore both farm and veteran assistance programs for land access.

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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.

 

For more Information or register here:   https://bit.ly/veteransinag-webinarseries

 

Recorded Lunch and Learn Series Links

Did you miss one of our Lunch and Learn Sessions?   They were recorded!  See the missed sessions using the links below:

 

February 24th:  The Farm Bill, and Crop Insurance