Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Update

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Update

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application to the 2019 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. We received a record 354 applications this year. The application review process is underway and we expect announcements will be made by the end of April. All applicants will be notified via email once the review process is complete.

2019 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference to be held in Austin, Texas

2019 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference to be held in Austin, Texas

Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the 2019 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference will be held November 17-20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas.

This year’s conference is the fifth national gathering of the farmer veteran community and will feature two days of education, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking and more.

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Willie Hines Transitions to New Role as Chief Operating Officer

Willie Hines Transitions to New Role as Chief Operating Officer

After returning for his second stint with Farmer Veteran Coalition in November 2018 as director of operations, Willie Hines has been promoted to chief operating officer. In the new role, Hines will oversee day-to-day operations of the organization.

Previously, Leonard Monaco, a Marine veteran and retired senior vice president with Farm Credit West, served as chief operating officer. Monaco, whose career spans more than 48 years in agricultural banking, will continue working with FVC as a senior advisor to the organization.

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FVC is Hiring!

FVC is Hiring!

Because of new government grants, increased support from our funders and soaring demand for our services, FVC is expanding its team. We are looking for candidates for veteran services, communications and development. Knowledge of agriculture and military service are big plusses. All jobs are in Davis, CA. We have a great team, competitive pay and benefits, and a wonderful cause to work for. Send resumes or inquiries to: employment@farmvetco.org

Webinar: Fellowship Fund Application Review & Business Planning

In this webinar, Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund manager Rachel Petitt reviews the 2019 Fellowship application, and Chris Laughton from Farm Credit East presents on business planning. The webinar ends with a Q&A session.

FVC Celebrates 10 Years of Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America

FVC Celebrates 10 Years of Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America

By Executive Director & Founder Michael O’Gorman

Ten years ago today, Farmer Veteran Coalition incorporated as a project of Community Partners, our fiscal sponsor. A few days earlier we had set up shop in our $250/month office – a book storage room in downtown Davis, California with two desks, a phone number and an address. We had a big idea and we were ready to get busy.

It is hard to imagine how new the concept was – mobilizing veterans to feed America. But we already had found about 15 veterans who were eager to become farmers. Our plan was simple: find a way to help them, and then tell their story.

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Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Application to Open February 1

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Application to Open February 1

Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the application for the 2019 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund will open February 1 at 8 a.m. PST. The application will remain open for five weeks before closing on March 8 at 5 p.m. PST.

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides veterans with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to make purchases they have identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Since it was established in 2011, the Fellowship Fund has awarded $2 million to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching.

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Five New Kubota Tractors Awarded to Farmer Veteran Coalition Members

Five New Kubota Tractors Awarded to Farmer Veteran Coalition Members

Kubota Tractor Corporation Press Release

GRAPEVINE, Texas (November 8, 2018) – Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced five new farmer veteran tractor recipients as part of its 2018 “Geared to Give” program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). This year, for the first time, Kubota is honoring five veterans, adding a fifth veteran to represent its newly-created Midwest operating division. Each veteran will receive the keys to their new Kubota L Series compact tractor in their respective hometown in a special ceremony in recognition of their past U.S. military service and their continued service to their communities through farming.

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Tar Heel Veterans Unite at NC Stakeholders Conference

Tar Heel Veterans Unite at NC Stakeholders Conference

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.

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