Farmer veterans and veterans aspiring to get their start in farming came together with the government, educational and nonprofit partners that support them at the United We Farm North Carolina Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference October 10 at the North Carolina Farm Bureau in Raleigh.
The conference kicked off with a powerful welcome by NC Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten, followed by a high-level introduction to North Carolina agriculture by Farm Bureau’s director of specialty crops, Debbie Hamrick, who closed her presentation with a valuable list of action items to set up veterans for success in their farming endeavors.
Farmer veterans who would like to attend this year’s Stakeholders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, may now apply for a scholarship for travel and lodging. Applications must be submitted no later than Saturday, September 1.
Farmer Veteran Coalition and FVC of Kansas are excited to announce they will host the 2018 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference November 14-17 at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
For the fourth year, veterans from across the nation will come together for the largest gathering of the military and agriculture communities for three days of education, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking, camaraderie and much more.
Held this year in America’s heartland, the conference unites farmer veterans and connects them with the agricultural, governmental and nonprofit partners that support the farmer veteran movement.
“This conference is for the entire veteran to agriculture movement,” said FVC Director Michael O’Gorman. “So many people are doing wonderful work in this space now. It’s great that we can bring everyone together, along with so many farmer veterans, to learn how to support each other.”
Though the details are still being planned, popular events such as the Successful Farmer Veterans plenary session, the Government Partners panel and the Homegrown By Heroes panel will return this year.
Stay tuned for more updates announcing keynote and other guest speakers, breakout sessions and other details.
With a busy calendar of events launching chapters and Homegrown By Heroes partnerships this fall, FVC will not be hosting a national Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference this fall. We are working now on plans for our next conference in November 2018. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you all soon!
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.