Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund to Begin Accepting Applications February 1

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund to Begin Accepting Applications February 1

Farmer Veteran Coalition Press Release

DAVIS, CA (January 26, 2017) – Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embarking on careers in agriculture, announced today the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund will begin accepting applications February 1 for the 2017 award cycle. The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is the largest grant program in the country that provides direct assistance to veterans in agriculture and has awarded more than $1 million since it was established in 2011.

“The Fellowship Fund has played a vital role in the success of hundreds of farmer veterans as they establish their farming operations,” said Rachel Petitt, manager of the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. “Whether they’re just getting started, or have been farming for a few years, the fellowship provides farmer veterans with valuable equipment and resources they would not otherwise have access to. We’re excited to begin accepting applications and look forward to awarding as many farmer veterans as possible.”

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Farmer Veteran Coalition Adds Two Key USDA, CalVet Executives

Diane Vanderpot (left) joins Farmer Veteran Coalition as Chief Operating Officer while Lanon Baccam (right) will serve as Deputy Director.
Diane Vanderpot (left) joins Farmer Veteran Coalition as Chief Operating Officer while Lanon Baccam (right) will serve as Deputy Director.

Farmer Veteran Coalition Press Release

DAVIS, CA (January 18, 2017) – Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embarking on careers in agriculture, announced today the hiring of two top executives to the leadership team. Lanon Baccam joins FVC as Deputy Director based in Washington, D.C., while Diane Vanderpot will serve as Chief Operating Officer out of the Davis, California office.

“This level of executive leadership will fortify the impact our movement is having on the health of our veterans, our agricultural workforce and our rural communities,” said FVC Founder and Director Michael O’Gorman. “Having a presence on the East Coast will allow us to advocate face-to-face with our elected officials and our partners throughout the federal government.”

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Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference Unites Military, Agricultural Communities

Farmer Veterans Stakeholder's Conference 2016
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Farmer veterans from across the country came together November 30 to December 2 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, for the largest gathering of military veteran farmers in the nation. Three hundred farmer veterans, including the agricultural, governmental and nonprofit groups that support them, attended the conference which featuring guest panels, distinguished speakers, educational tracks, farm visits and networking.

This year’s conference, the third annual, was themed “United We Farm” and was hosted in partnership with Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan and Michigan State University’s Vets to Ag program.

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Kubota Recognizes Army Veteran in “Geared to Give” Program, Awarded New L-Series Tractor

Kubota Recognizes Army Veteran in “Geared to Give” Program, Awarded New L-Series Tractor

Kubota Press Release

WASHINGTON, Georgia, (December 12, 2016) – Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced that the latest recipient of a donated tractor in its “Geared To Give” program is farmer veteran Chad Tackett, owner of Tackett Family Farms in Lincolnton, Georgia. During a special ceremony, Tackett was presented with the keys to a new Kubota L-Series compact tractor in recognition of his years of service in the U.S. Army and for his dedication to farming. The donation was made by Kubota in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), in an effort to provide financial support and donated Kubota equipment to U.S. military veterans pursuing a future in farming.

Tackett and his wife Shirlene, a U.S. Air Force veteran, manage roughly 200 acres of land including planted pines, hardwoods and pastures where they raise grass-fed Texas Longhorn cattle. Tackett grew up feeding cattle and raising hogs on family farms, and with his experience and new Kubota tractor, he plans to develop the farm and expand his cattle operation to sell meat locally by late next year. A father of four, Tackett’s son Zach serves in the U.S. Navy where he is stationed in King’s Bay, Georgia. Tackett served in the U.S. Army for 22 years where he was stationed across the U.S. and overseas before retiring in 2012.

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Renowned Urban Farmer Will Allen Announced as Keynote at Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference

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Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power Inc. and former professional basketball player, as the keynote speaker of the Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference, November 30 to December 2 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Allen will deliver the keynote address on the evening of Thursday, December 1, the conference’s second day. 

As CEO of the national nonprofit Growing Power Inc., Allen has been at the forefront of the urban farming movement by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities through training, active demonstration, outreach and technical assistance. These efforts have led Allen to be recognized as a preeminent practitioner of urban agriculture in America and throughout the world.

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Military, Ag Communities to Come Together at 2016 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference

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Farmer Veteran Coalition will host the third annual Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference—United We Farm—November 30 to December 2, 2016 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

For the third consecutive year, farmer veterans from across the nation will come together for the largest gathering of the military and agricultural communities for three days of educational tracks, farm visits, guest panels, distinguished speakers, community and camaraderie building, and much more. Hosted at Michigan State University’s spacious Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, the conference unites farmer veterans with the agricultural, governmental and nonprofit groups that support them.
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This is the third of three scheduled webinars in the series Growing Your Farm With Michael O’Gorman.

Geared to Give: FVC, Kubota Awards Sixth Tractor to Iowa Marine Vet

Geared to Give: FVC, Kubota Awards Sixth Tractor to Iowa Marine Vet

Kubota Tractor Corporation, in partnership with Farmer Veteran Coalition, awarded the sixth tractor of the “Geared to Give” program August 30 in a special ceremony at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Aaron White, a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, was the recipient of a Kubota L-Series compact tractor presented by Todd Stucke, Kubota senior vice president of sales, marketing and product support, and FVC Executive Director Michael O’Gorman.

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