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2024 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Awardees
The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching.

What is the
Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund?

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fellowship Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to third-party vendors for items the veteran has identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and nearly $4 million has been awarded to more than 930 veterans since 2011.

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Kubota Tractor Corporation

  • Keith Andrews | Freedom Fisheries, Newbern, Alabama, Air Force
  • Jeff Crane | Cole’s Farm NC, Jacksonville, North Carolina, Marines
  • Elizabeth Hughes | Blue Vista Farm, Bayfield, Wisconsin, Air Force
  • Ted Kanamine | Happy Ranch Farm LLC, Old Fields, West Virginia, Army
  • Marcus Lewis | Castle Hayne Jane’s Family Farm, Castle Hayne, North Carolina, Army
  • Randal Newbold | Shaka Farms, Frankfort, Michigan, Marines
  • Michael Ortman | Ortman Dairy LLC, Brasher Falls, New York, Marines
  • Shane Perret | Perret Ranch LLC, Salina, Kansas, Army
  • Stacy Sporre | Hidden Hollow Farms, Navarre, Florida, Air Force
  • Shannon Vignolo | Southdown Acres LLC, Crane Hill, Alabama, Army
  • Benjamin Walton | First Light Farm, Kaufman, Texas, Coast Guard
  • Heather Wright |Wright’s FARMacy, Bunker Hill, West Virginia, Air Force
  • David Zarate | Zarate Farms, Spur, Texas, Army

Tractor Supply Foundation

  • Peter Brau | Shepherd’s Roost LLC, Centre, Alabama, Army
  • Gabriel Camberos | Gabriel Camberos, Berea, Kentucky, Army
  • Lance Collins | Allll Farms, LLC, West Point, Mississippi, Army
  • Mitchell Freeman | Freeman Family Farm, LLC, Coudersport, Pennsylvania, Army
  • Haley Hodges | Red Sulphur Springs Apothecary, LLC, Ballard, West Virginia, Army
  • Michael Johnson | Machias River Farms LLC, Machiasport, Maine, Air Force
  • Richard A Joy | Enjoy The Buzz, LLC, Bristol, Wisconsin, Navy
  • Tyler Lau | Lau Boer Goats, Parkston, South Dakota, Army
  • Elmer (Gene) Miller | Miller’s Bee Kind Farm LLC, Milan, Illinois, Army
  • Nathan A Rector | nectarhillNC, Efland, North Carolina, Marines
  • Kenneth Stock | Stock Family Farm, Helenville, Wisconsin, Navy
  • Glenn Stoner | AGTP160, LLC, Altus, Oklahoma, Air Force
  • David Wehrer | Wehrer Family Farms, Covington, Tennessee, Army
  • Dustin Whitecotton | Hill Haven Homestead, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri, Army

Tractor Supply Company – $1,000 Gift Certificates

  • Maleke Alexander | The Bee Section, Dallas, Texas, Air Force
  • Mariah Alwes | Star Shine Farm LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Air Force
  • Toy Andrews | Wanders Hill Farm, LLC, Covesville, Virginia, Navy
  • Margaret Armstrong | Second Sunrise Farm, Covington, Georgia, Army
  • Matt Barattino | Wild Texan Farm, Jourdanton, Texas, Air Force
  • Michael Barbic | Barbic Farms, Wayne, Illinois, Marines
  • Roberto Beltran | Happy Camper Farms, Plainwell, Michigan, Marines
  • Art Burnett | Sweet Mesquite Farm, Floresville, Texas, Air Force
  • Reuben Burton | Crossroads Mission Ranch LLC, Rockford, Michigan, Marines
  • Tonya Carey | Carey Farms LLC, Vinemont, Alabama, Air Force
  • David Clabots | Clabots Cattle Company, Gilman, Wisconsin, Army
  • Benjamin Cordes | Happy Homestead Ranch LLC, Coos Bay, Oregon, Marines
  • William Cox | Cox Family Farm, Elk Horn, Kentucky, Army
  • Ryan Czarnetzki | Chip Roc Ranch, Brighton, Colorado, Army
  • Heather Delanoy | Wild Sage Farms LLC, Spokane, Washington, Air Force
  • William Eaton | Liberty Tree Homestead, Lincolnton, North Carolina, Army
  • Phillip Elliott | Bedford Farms of Maine, LLC, Mapleton, Maine, Army
  • Josette Fair | Greenbriar Nursery, Aberdeen, Mississippi, Army
  • Ashley Frederick | Hillside Haven Flower Farm, Christiansburg, Virginia, Army
  • Walt Gibson | TheBoat, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Navy
  • Milesha Grier | Three Sisters Farms, Port Royal, Virginia, Navy
  • Christine Grover | C&S Farms, Henderson, Texas, Army
  • Jason Heitman | Green Jeans Market Farm, Schuylerville, New York, Navy
  • Andrew Holstine | Heritage Farms, Clayton, Washington, Marines
  • Kenzie James | Relinoca Farms, LLC, Sumter, South Carolina, Air Force
  • Robert Kelly | New Heritage Farms, Hawley, Texas, Air Force
  • Jeffrey Larsen | The Farm on Wooddale, West End, North Carolina, Air Force
  • Gustavo Leigh | NE-Leigh Farm, LLC, Neligh, Nebraska, Army
  • Jennifer Madrid | The Hippo Garden, Hutto, Texas, Air Force
  • Davian McKnight | McKnight Farms, Hemingway, South Carolina, Marines
  • Robert Monson | Lettuce Feed You Inc., Clearmont, Florida, Army
  • Brice Myers | Foggy Meadow Farms, LLC, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Army
  • Bryant Neal | Southern Family Homestead, East Dublin, Georgia, Marines
  • Benjamin Nelson | BJN Farms, Ellsworth, Iowa, Navy
  • Sandi Parriott | Skippin’ Filly Ranch, Kosse, Texas, Army
  • Steven Priole | Flip Flop Farm LLC, Westminster, South Carolina, Navy
  • Ashley Richardson | Full Circle Bloom, LLC, Kenbridge, Virginia, Navy
  • Jason Roberts | Roberts Family Farm, Berlin Center, Ohio, Marines
  • William Rondeau | Bina & Gill, Inc., Niagara, New York, Air Force
  • Christopher Shepherd | What The Farm, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Navy
  • Timothy Shields | Capricious LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Army
  • Steve Smith | Smith Pastures, LLC, Devine, Texas, Army
  • Aaron Snell | Snells Farms LLC, New Concord, Ohio, Army
  • Hannah Spring | Buckroe Gardens, Chesapeake, Virginia, Army
  • Daniel Stallings | Perch and Pasture, Waverly Hall, Georgia, Army
  • Dorota Sypniewska-Garcia | Dancing Sun Farm, Mico, Texas, Army
  • Mike Torrin | Clay Pot Farm, Covington, Georgia, Army
  • Soleil Washburn | Sunflower Fields Farm LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Coast Guard
  • Michael Weber |Kindred Kreations Bees, Paxton, Nebraska, Army
  • Kenneth Williamson | Restoration Acres NC and Battleboro Bee Company, Tarboro, North Carolina, Army

Safeway Foundation

  • Amanda Cox | I Ka Ua Farm, Hilo, Hawai’i, Army
  • Gerard Holodak | Umami Mushroom Farm, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Army
  • Nicola Lesourd | Huila Farm, Volcano, Hawai’i, Coast Guard
  • Wesley Palmer-Lasky | Ai O Ahiki, Kailua, Hawai’i, Air Force
  • Joseph Stanberry | Fruit’s of Our Labor Farms, Hilo, Hawai’i, Marines

Cabbage Hill Farm Foundation

  • Nicholas Akley | Akley Acres, Elizabeth, Colorado, Air Force
  • Matthew Demmer | Crown D Ranch, Floresville, Texas, Navy
  • James Stewart | Stewart Microgreens LLC, Elmira, New York, Marines

CALIFORNIA FARM CREDIT ALLIANCE

  • Jose Silva | Papa Joe Farm, Jamul, California, Marines
  • Joseph Stapley | Tradewinds Farm, Dixon, California, Coast Guard

Corteva

  • Ryan Lee | Lee’s Edible Acres, North Liberty, Indiana, Navy
  • Clement Lochner | Lazy Fox Lavender Farm, Cameron, North Carolina, Army

Vital Farms

  • Keith Youngblood | Hippie Hill Farms, Berryville, Arkansas, Marines

Agrauxine

  • Barry Heikkinen | Tillit Acres, Monticello, Minnesota, Air Force, Army

FVC Virginia Chapter

  • Nicholas Dramby | 56 Hooves, Bluemont, Virginia, Army

Walmart (including added donations)

  • Scott Severance | Owl Hoot Trail Ranch LLC, Burnet, Texas, Army

Timeless Fence – $1,000 Gift Certificate

  • Daniel Perry | The Perry Farm, Hampton, Minnesota, Navy

Individual Donors

  • James Blair | Double JB Farm, Fayetteville, Tennessee, Navy
  • James Bundrick | Bluegrass Apiary, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Army