Women Farmer Veterans Unite at 4th Empowering Women Veterans Conference

Women Farmer Veterans Unite at 4th Empowering Women Veterans Conference

Women farmer veterans from around the nation came together in California’s wine country May 3-5 for the fourth annual Empowering Women Veterans: Business, Agriculture, Well-Being Conference held at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, California.

The goal of the conference was to bring women farmer veterans together and equip them with the business and farming tools necessary to be successful in their agricultural endeavors. During the conference, attendees participated in educational workshops, roundtable discussions, listened to distinguished guest speakers, toured a local farm and took advantage of the resort’s impressive facilities to network with their fellow farmer veterans.
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FVC Hosts First Veteran Career Fair at CSU Fresno

FVC Hosts First Veteran Career Fair at CSU Fresno

Agriculturally focused veterans and more than 20 employers from the public and private sector came together April 19 at the Farmer Veteran Coalition Veteran Career Fair held aboard California State University, Fresno, to introduce veterans to career opportunities throughout California’s $47 billion agricultural industry.

United States Department of Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, AgrAbility and Food Commons Fresno, were among the employers who met with veterans to educate them on career paths within their organization as well as how their services can assist those who are seeking self-employment by starting their own farming operation.
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Farmer Veteran Coalition to Host Career Fair at CSU Fresno

Farmer Veteran Coalition to Host Career Fair at CSU Fresno

Building on its mission of mobilizing veterans to feed America, Farmer Veteran Coalition, a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embark on careers in agriculture, will host a Veteran Career Fair April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union aboard California State University, Fresno.

As the national unemployment rate among veterans continues to climb, the Farmer Veteran Coalition Career Fair will bring together job-seeking veterans with representatives from agricultural-related employers and government agencies. Employers representing growers, packers, shippers, farm equipment distributors, and more, will be on-hand to accept resumes and discuss career opportunities with their organizations.

“Veterans are looking for careers that are dynamic, lucrative and meaningful. Agriculture in California offers all three,” said FVC Executive Director Michael O’Gorman. “We want veterans to see the wide range of exciting career paths throughout our industry. And we want agricultural employers to see the skills, the work ethic and the strong personal character that veterans can bring to their operations.”
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The Safeway Foundation Awards $50,000 to Farmer Veteran Coalition

The Safeway Foundation Awards $50,000 to Farmer Veteran Coalition

DAVIS, CA (April 4, 2017) – The Safeway Foundation announced that its Veterans campaign, an in-store fundraising effort aimed to improve the lives of Veterans and their families, awarded more than a half million dollars to fund Veterans programs in the neighborhoods throughout Northern California. The gift to Farmer Veteran Coalition will fund two Food and Farming Career Fairs as well as internships or scholarships to learn organic farming at Jacobs Farm in San Jose, California.

“We are delighted to have a partner like the Safeway Foundation and appreciate their leadership,” said FVC Executive Director Michael O’Gorman. “The Food and Farming Career Fairs will expose veterans in California to the wide range of high-paying opportunities in the state. There is a shortage at all levels and our veterans deserve a chance to continue to serve by feeding their neighbors,” O’Gorman continued. “The work we do in San Jose provides veterans with practical experience in organics. In the first year of the internship program, all seven of the interns have found full-time employment in agriculture.”

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Empowering Women Veterans Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

Empowering Women Veterans Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, as keynote speaker of the Empowering Women Veterans: Business, Agriculture and Well-Being Conference May 3-5 at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, CA.

Secretary Ross, who was appointed to her position by California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, will address conference attendees on the evening of May 4. Registration is filling up fast, but there are still a few openings.
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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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