2013 Holiday Letter

Dear Friends,

 

As 2012 draws to a close, the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) asks everyone to take time to remember those who have served, are still serving, and those who are deployed. This year we also give thanks to the growing number of military veterans that continue to serve their country by growing our food.

 

Army Captain Jamie Critelli served many overseas deployments, including Iraq, before returning home in 2006 to start Floral Beauty Nursery in New York State. His poinsettias, seen above, will adorn many homes this Christmas season. Jamie is currently a candidate for our Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund.

 

Marine veteran Jon Olson was medically discharged after numerous combat tours, including Iraq. He returned to the Olson-Davis family farm in Pecan Gap, Texas, to bring back a family legacy of pecan production dating back to the 1800’s. As a grantee in the Farmer Fellowship Fund, Jon will begin to grow his pecan business. For the second year in a row our Fellowship Fund will distribute more than $100,000 in small grants to Farmer Veterans, many of whom have overcome their wounds of war through farming.

 

This past July, FVC held the first-ever national gathering for women veterans in agriculture. Our conference, “Empowering Women Veterans: Business, Agriculture & Well-Being”, was funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency, and was very well received by the women veterans who attended. We celebrate our growing number of women veterans and look forward to more women veteran specific programming in 2013.

 

The Farmer Veteran Coalition prides itself in how much we do with how little. Not only has our staff grown, but we will be opening new chapters and offices in other parts of the country. In 2013 we are also launching our new website and online forum, as well as a used farm equipment donation program.

 

During the first five years FVC worked to make farming a visible opportunity for veterans. Our focus going forward is helping and guiding those who have chosen agriculture, to successfully launch their businesses.

 

If you are able to help us, it is between now and the end of the year that we are in most need of your support. Having funds to start the New Year will allow FVC to grow our projects, maintain our staff and help those who have given so much, as they find a new way to continue serving.

 

Sincerely,

 

The FVC Staff

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    In conjunction with National Ag Day, Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced the launch of "Geared to Give," a new program in partnership with Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) that will provide financial support and donated Kubota equipment to U.S. military veterans pursuing a career in farming. Kubota and FVC jointly launched their partnership today at the California State Capitol in Sacramento during the Department of Food and Agriculture's Ag Day festivities. 

    Beginning this Spring, FVC will select qualified veterans who are pursuing a future in farming to receive donated Kubota equipment and other support for their respective farming operations. Farmer veterans who are FVC fellowship members can apply for the "Geared to Give" program and be considered for the donated equipment. Kubota has selected its versatile and efficient Standard L-Series compact tractors, which are proudly built in the U.S., to meet the varying needs of many small- and medium-sized farming operations.

    "Kubota and the Farmer Veteran Coalition share a belief in the future of farming and the future of America's veterans," said Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president of sales, marketing, and product support. "Our philanthropic mission is to 'power and empower those who move the earth.' We do this by providing equipment and funding to organizations that help people who work with the earth in ways that help our communities thrive - that is why we're proud to support FVC and their farmer veteran members:  they need support to make their dreams of a career in farming a reality, and Kubota is honored to answer their call."

    Based in Davis, Calif., FVC is cultivating a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and developing viable employment opportunities and meaningful careers for the veterans through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. FVC believes that food production offers purpose and opportunity, as well as physical and psychological benefits for all veterans. FVC works with veterans from all military branches, their families, employers, and mentors to support those returning to or beginning careers in food and farming.

    "We mobilize veterans to feed America through funding, equipment, counseling and resources to help guide the passion of our veterans so that they may earn for themselves a meaningful, finacially sustainable place in the agricultural community," said Michael O'Gorman, executive director of FVC. "We are deeply committed to leveraging our work through a network of partnerships with companies like Kubota, which allows us to more effectively connect the right resources to the veterans who most need support, particularly those in the onset of their civilian careers."

    For more information about the "Geared to Give" program, visit www.KubotaCares.com. To learn more about FVC, visit www.farmvetco.org.

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