Farmer Veteran Coalition Staff, Membership Benefits Grow
While you’ve been busy working hard, we here at Farmer Veteran Coalition have been thinking of ways to better serve you, which is why we are excited to announce a number of upcoming changes and additions.
With our membership approaching 7,000 farmer veterans—and growing daily—we thought it was the perfect time to revamp and re-energize our relationship with our most valuable resource: our members.
To do so, we promoted one of our own to manage the newly established Member Relations and Benefits team. Aaron Magill, who also manages the Homegrown By Heroes Label, will lead FVC’s charge to take a more interactive, hands-on approach to our outreach/intake activities.
“This increases our ability to connect with our farmer veterans and meet their needs, whoever they are, wherever they’re at,” said Magill, Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient.
To assist Magill in his new role, we have also hired two new employees. Daniel Vickers, Army and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, joins the team as the veteran outreach coordinator, bringing with him an educational background in animal science with a concentration in livestock and dairy production. Evan Eagan, Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, joins the team as the veteran communications outreach coordinator and will serve various communications functions, most notably overseeing the production of our bi-monthly newsletter.
In the coming months, we will also be announcing major changes to our membership, with a more defined list of benefits and exclusive discounts from our sponsors.
Be sure to check our website for updates, and keep an eye out for our bi-monthly newsletter.
Farmer Veteran Coalition Celebrates 7 Years
Seven years ago today, February 12, 2009, Farmer Veteran Coalition began pursuing its mission of mobilizing veterans to feed America. With little money, but lots of real life farming experience, I decided to try to galvanize support from our agricultural community for the men and women who were returning to rural America after serving our nation at war.
Agriculture is America’s most decentralized, family-owned industry and one in desperate need of help. Our efforts have brought together the USDA, the Farm Bureau, Farm Credit, Farmers Union and dozens of organizations dedicated to developing a new generation of farmers – all on behalf of our veterans.
Our leadership and our collaborative nature, combined with a focus on supporting those veterans who wanted to farm, has made us a lean and effective organization. Most of our funders came to us and have stayed with us over the years. We are in no way qualified to judge how other veteran nonprofits run their organizations, but we are proud of ours. If you want to learn more, let us know.
Founder and Director
Farmer Veteran Coalition
Farmer Veteran Coalition Hosted Conference for More Than 80 Women Veterans and Speakers
March 4-5, 2016
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY
Thank You Farm Credit For Your Continued Support
Thank you to Farm Credit, the official national sponsor of the Homegrown By Heroes program, for your continued support. Homegrown By Heroes is now used by more than 400 farmer veterans in 45 states. Started by the Department of Agriculture in Kentucky, we now have partnerships with 12 other state departments of agriculture. FVC is grateful to the generosity of our partners that make this important work possible. Learn more about Homegrown By Heroes at http://www.farmvetco.org/homegrown-by-heroes/
Notice: You must be a registered member of Farmer Veteran Coalition to apply for the Homegrown By Heroes label