Webinar to Target Veterans Who Want Careers in Agriculture

11/17/2012 7:00 AM

LYONS, Neb. — The Center for Rural Affairs and several partner organizations will hold a farm training webinar on Friday, Nov. 16, for U.S military veterans interested in taking up a career in a rural community and starting their own farms or ranches.

“America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities are aging, and not enough new farmers and ranchers are getting started,” said Wyatt Fraas with the Center for Rural Affairs. “By returning to their farming and ranching roots, veterans can carry on the proud tradition of America’s family farms and ranches.”

The web-based training, set for 8-9:30 p.m., will allow people to participate wherever they are, including those deployed overseas.

To participate, go to https://connect.cis.ksu.edu/veteranfarmer and log in as “guest.” There is no need to preregister.

The free webinar will feature video farm tours and discussion with several farmers and ranchers. Evrett Lunquist and Ruth Chantry of Common Good Farm will describe direct marketing of produce and livestock products; and veteran Garrett Dwyer will explain his cattle operation.

The 90 minute program will also focus on financing and land access options, disability assistance, Farm Service Agency loan programs, and other resources for veterans.

“It can be difficult to get started in the world of agriculture,” said Dwyer, a beginning rancher and former Marine infantryman from Bartlett, Neb. “Skyrocketing costs of buying or renting land make entry into farming and ranching a daunting task.”

Major funding for the project has been provided by USDA Risk Management Agency. Partner organizations include the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, Nebraska Farmers Union, Kansas Farmers Union, Missouri Farmers Union, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Kansas AgrAbility Project, Nebraska AgrAbility Project and Missouri AgrAbility Project.

For more information, visit www.cfra.org/veteran_farmers_project.

Source: Center for Rural Affairs.

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