Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan to Host Third Annual Stakeholders Conference
DAVIS, California – Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national nonprofit serving military veterans in agriculture, has announced that its Michigan chapter will host the third annual Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference this fall. The conference will be held November 30 to December 2 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
FVC-Michigan will work with MSU’s Vets to Ag Program to host the conference, which will bring more than 500 farmer veterans and supporters from around the country to the university. The conference will feature workshops on agricultural topics, business planning and personal wellness. Evenings will feature distinguished speakers from the military, government agencies and leaders in the agricultural industry.
“Our national conferences have been invaluable to building this important movement,” said FVC Director Michael O’Gorman. “We’ve seen dialog launched between our federal partners turn into national policy. We’ve seen important insight into what makes farming healing for veterans turn into valuable research. And we’ve seen the veterans themselves form a supportive community that has helped them immensely in their individual endeavors.”
Attending the conference, in addition to veterans pursuing agricultural careers, will be representatives of state and federal governmental partners, universities, veteran service organizations, farm organizations, farm training programs and non-profits working to connect veterans with agriculture. Some scholarships will be available to help veterans with travel and registration.
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About Farmer Veteran Coalition: The mission of Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is mobilizing veterans to feed America. FVC works to develop a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and expand viable employment and significant careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. Through mentorship, peer support and career counseling, FVC supports veterans returning to or beginning careers in the food and farming industry. For more information, please visit www.farmvetco.org.
About Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan: Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan (FVC-MI), a chartered chapter of FVC, is dedicated to support the growth and success of Michigan’s military veterans through agriculture. FVC-MI develops and administers programs specifically designed to meet the needs of farmer veterans in the state of Michigan. In addition, FVC-MI collaborates with veteran organizations within the state to ensure Michigan farmer veterans are given the best opportunities to become successful and sustainable within the agricultural community.