Farmer Veteran Coalition to Host Career Fair at CSU Fresno

Building on its mission of mobilizing veterans to feed America, Farmer Veteran Coalition, a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embark on careers in agriculture, will host a Veteran Career Fair April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union aboard California State University, Fresno.

As the national unemployment rate among veterans continues to climb, the Farmer Veteran Coalition Career Fair will bring together job-seeking veterans with representatives from agricultural-related employers and government agencies. Employers representing growers, packers, shippers, farm equipment distributors, and more, will be on-hand to accept resumes and discuss career opportunities with their organizations.

“Veterans are looking for careers that are dynamic, lucrative and meaningful. Agriculture in California offers all three,” said FVC Executive Director Michael O’Gorman. “We want veterans to see the wide range of exciting career paths throughout our industry. And we want agricultural employers to see the skills, the work ethic and the strong personal character that veterans can bring to their operations.”

The Farmer Veteran Coalition Career Fair is designed to introduce veterans to the wide array of exciting career opportunities throughout California’s $47 billion agricultural industry. Attendees will learn about well-paying employment prospects in both the public and private sector, support for their own farming ventures, and the schools and training programs that will prepare them for either employment or self-employment in agriculture. All veterans, and those who support veterans, will benefit from attending.

“Farmers and veterans share many of the same qualities,” said Cory Lunde, director of strategic initiatives and communications, Western Growers Association. “Both are hard-working and equally dedicated to serving our country. On behalf of the farmers who grow more than half of the nation’s fresh produce, Western Growers supports the opportunity to connect our heroes on the battlefield with our heroes in the agricultural fields.”

Veterans and employers who would like more information or to register for a booth should contact Randy Ryan by calling (530) 379-2292 or emailing