For more than 20 years, Stephen Mosley has been a military and civilian police officer. He has a current Master Peace Officer license and is a certified Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) instructor. He continues to serve in the Army Reserves. After spending most of his military career in a leadership role, Stephen says it has been a great experience to learn about agriculture from his farming mentor.

“Throughout my military career I learned and gained many skills and traits. Resilience is among the top. Being able to adapt to any environment and survive any adversity has proven successful to me both in combat and in agriculture. “

Stephen has been raising cattle for 6 years under the mentorship of another rancher, whom he leases 20 acres of land from. He plans to expand his operation from the 9 head he currently owns, to a herd of 20. In addition to selling beef, Stephen is going to keep bees. He sells his beef to his reserve unit as well as local sale barns. He maintains sustainable practices on his operation, such as rainwater catchment and producing organic beef.

Through a partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, FVC awarded Stephen a Fellowship in 2015. Stephen was able to purchase a used livestock trailer with the funds. Owning his own livestock trailer had a great impact on Stephen’s operation. His veterinarian bills were reduced because he no longer needs the veterinarian to make house calls, and he no longer needs to rent a trailer to transport his livestock to market.