Farm Credit Expands Support for Farmer Veterans

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Partnership with USDA and Farmer Veteran Coalition Offers More Opportunities for Farmer Veterans Through Upcoming Profitability Bootcamps

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Farm Credit is committed to supporting farmer veterans and beginning farmers as they gain the financial management skills they need to be successful long-term.

Farm Credit, a national provider of financing and related services to rural communities and agriculture, joins the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to deliver agricultural credit training workshops in the Midwest for military veterans and beginning farmers. States anticipated to host the Profitability Bootcamps include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska. The workshops are presented by the FVC in partnership with Farm Credit and Niman Ranch, and will be offered in 2016.

“Learning the necessary business skills in addition to the intricacies of crop or livestock production can be daunting,” said Gary Matteson, vice president for young, beginning, small farmer programs and outreach for the Farm Credit Council and chairman of the FVC board of directors. “Farm Credit is committed to supporting farmer veterans and beginning farmers as they gain the financial management skills they need to be successful long-term.”

The Profitability Bootcamps represent just one aspect of Farm Credit’s support for farmer veterans. In 2013, Farm Credit provided support for the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s national launch of the Homegrown By Heroes program. The product labeling initiative invites farmer veterans to feature the program’s label on their product packaging and signage, allowing consumers to support military veterans by purchasing products grown by military veterans.

Farm Credit is proud to support the Farmer Veterans Stakeholders Conference Nov. 17-19 in Sacramento, California. The event, organized by the Farmer Veteran Coalition, will bring together government, agriculture, and farmer veteran leaders to assist military veterans establishing their careers in agriculture to:

  •     Foster collaboration between all groups, public and private, that assist military veterans’ transition into agriculture
  •     Identify federal and state government programs for veterans entering into careers in agriculture
  •     Develop achievable pathways into careers in agriculture for U.S. military veterans
  •     Build awareness and support for the Homegrown by Heroes label

For more information about the FVC programs or to register for the Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference visit farmvetco.org.

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About Farm Credit
Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. Farm Credit has been fulfilling this mission for a century by providing farmers with the capital they need to make their businesses successful and by financing vital infrastructure and communication services. A steady flow of capital means more jobs and economic growth, so Farm Credit’s investments contribute to the vibrancy of communities throughout rural America. For more information about Farm Credit please visit http://www.farmcredit.com.

About The Farmer Veteran Coalition
The Farmer Veteran Coalition serves military veterans of all eras and branches, though a majority of its veterans are from the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, interested in the agriculture industry. It works with veterans, their families, employers and mentors to support those returning to or beginning careers in food and farming. For more information, visit http://www.farmvetco.org.

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