We are so blessed to live in the United States of America for numerous reasons and I give my gratitude to those who are serving in the military or have served. Both of my grandpas served and I have three cousins who have or are serving. Thank you so much to all of the servicemen and women for the sacrifices they have made. This week’s column will focus on a national organization that helps veterans who are in agriculture or are interested in pursing a career or business in agriculture. Eric Williams, Fillmore County Veterans’ Service Officer provided the following information about the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), which helps place veterans in agriculture.
According to the FVC website, the mission of the Farmer Veteran Coalition is “to mobilize veterans to feed America. We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems for all. We believe that food production offers purpose, opportunity, as well as physical and psychological benefits.”
There are 3,000+ members of the FVC in the country, and 48 are in Nebraska. As an ag state, there is an opportunity for many more Nebraska veterans to participate in this program. To bring awareness of FVC in Nebraska, an event is being held on September 18 in Seward, NE. The event features an educational session open to veterans and anyone interested in exciting, new, innovative, niche agricultural opportunities. That night there will be an amazing celebration of NE Ag Vets at the Seward Ag Pavilion.
Space is limited so reserve your spot today by calling Del Ficke at (402) 499-0329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a veteran and cannot afford to attend, but are still interested, let Del know as there are some funds available for cases such as this. If you purchase a $30 ticket to the evening celebration, your entry is free to the day seminars. If you would like to attend the day portion only, the cost is $10.
The evening event is a fundraiser so services can be expanded to NE veterans. Here is a link to the event registration.