Leading up to the National Stakeholders Conference in November, FVC is bringing together the farmer veteran community for three, one-day conferences in North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia in the month of October. Thanks to support from Altria, these conferences are free to attend and will provide an opportunity to meet and network with other farmer veterans, visit with farm service organizations, hear from a panel of successful farmer veterans and much more.
FVC members are now eligible for exclusive equipment purchase rebates on select Kubota equipment from all 1,100 authorized-Kubota dealerships nationwide. The discount program is an extension of Kubota’s existing partnership with FVC called “Geared to Give,” which is a program that works to identify and provide financial and equipment support to farmer veterans who apply for support through the FVC Fellowship Fund.
In conjunction with Kubota Tractor Corporation’s announcement of an exclusive discount for FVC members, we will begin issuing membership cards to our Veteran Members. These membership cards will be sent via email as a .PDF file to our Veteran Members by Friday, July 20.
The membership card will be used to verify your status as a Veteran Member of FVC when accessing discounts through FVC’s Membership Benefits program.
As Congress works toward passing the 2018 Farm Bill, more than 30 farmer veterans from around the country descended upon Washington, D.C. July 11-12 as part of a farmer veteran fly-in supported by Farm Credit.
The purpose of the fly-in was to bring farmer veterans to Capitol Hill to meet with policymakers to help them understand the issues impacting rural communities and the importance of programs that benefit veterans in agriculture.
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Thank you to everyone who applied for this year’s Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund—we received a record 310 applications!
Our team of advisors has been busy reviewing the applications, and award decisions will be announced in mid-April. p>
Award recipients as well as applicants that were not selected will be notified via the e-mail address used to submit the application.
FVC is excited to disburse more than $250,000 in awards this cycle, and our staff continues to fundraise year round to expand this program.
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.
Before the Homegrown By Heroes label was established by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in January 2013, there wasn’t an industry recognized way for farmer veterans to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. A few short years later, with a rapidly growing farmer veteran community spanning all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the Homegrown By Heroes label has surpassed 1,000 certified-producers.
Marine veteran Daniel Wavle became the 1,000th Homegrown By Heroes member on June 8 when he certified his operation, Shoshana Shalom Farms in Hondo, Texas, with the label. Wavle, who served more than 14 years in the Marines which included two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, currently raises goats and chickens and is in the process of building an aquaponics greenhouse for vegetable and tilapia production.
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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