Tractor Supply Company Celebrates Service Members with Nationwide Discount on the Fourth of July and Announces Grant Donation for Farmer Veterans

Tractor Supply Company Celebrates Service Members with Nationwide Discount on the Fourth of July and Announces Grant Donation for Farmer Veterans

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., June 29, 2022 – Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, is celebrating the Fourth of July by honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. On Monday, July 4, Tractor Supply stores will offer a 15% discount to all active military, veterans and their dependents. In support of the Company’s ongoing commitment to veteran causes, Tractor Supply donated $100,000 to Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), including awarding $1,000 gift cards to 50 military veterans nationwide, supporting their small family farming businesses, and $50,000 from the Tractor Supply Foundation to support additional programming and grants.

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Growing Together in Order to Form a More Perfect Union

Growing Together in Order to Form a More Perfect Union

By Jeanette Lombardo
FVC Executive Director

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The work to form a more perfect Union continues. If you have been on social media recently, you may be disheartened to learn that many citizens disgruntled about how their state or the country is run are indicating that they will not be celebrating the Fourth of July this year. Many who disagree with recent court rulings are encouraging protests. I shake my head.

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New Memorial Wall Honors Departed Farmer Veterans

New Memorial Wall Honors Departed Farmer Veterans

Farmer Veteran Coalition has launched a Memorial Wall on our website for the purpose of honoring not just those who died in service to our country, but to honor the veteran members of our farming and ranching communities that have departed. This Memorial Wall was created as a way for the farmer veteran community to honor those who have passed by supporting the continuation of FVC’s mission in their name.

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Reserve Your Spot as a Sponsor or Exhibitor at this Year’s Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference in Oklahoma

Reserve Your Spot as a Sponsor or Exhibitor at this Year’s Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference in Oklahoma

We’re putting out a call for sponsors and exhibitors at this year’s Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference which is being held November 13 to 15 at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel in Oklahoma City. Reserve your spot today to get in front of hundreds of farmer veterans from around the country who are engaged in a wide range of agricultural endeavors. Attendee registration is expected to open in early August.

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Jumpstart Your Career as a Farm Manager with the Center for Land-Based Learning’s Apprenticeship Program

Jumpstart Your Career as a Farm Manager with the Center for Land-Based Learning’s Apprenticeship Program

Are you looking to jumpstart your career in ag? The Center for Land-Based Learning offers a structured pathway to train for a fulfilling career in farm management through their California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices are connected with seasoned farm employers for two years of paid hands-on training and are available statewide in California. You will also receive foundational knowledge in ag production through free courses while also participating in peer-to-peer learning and leadership training – all fundamental to becoming a farm manager! Veterans can also receive GI Bill benefits and stipends to support additional needs while enrolled.

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Last Call for Input from Native American Farmer Veterans

Last Call for Input from Native American Farmer Veterans

Are you a Native American or Alaska Native veteran that is involved in ag? Through our partnership with the Native American Agriculture Fund, we’re helping to collect critical info to understand the needs of Native veterans involved in food and agriculture production. If you, or someone you know, fits this description, please take a moment to complete the survey.

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New Homegrown By Heroes, FVC Locator Coming Soon

New Homegrown By Heroes, FVC Locator Coming Soon

In June, FVC is launching a new locator on our website in partnership with MarketMaker. The new locator will be available to all HBH-certified producers and FVC members. We will be working with our HBH members first in a phased approach to get them registered with MarketMaker and added to the new locator.

Keep an eye out for an email from us with more details over the coming weeks.

Farmer Veteran Coalition Announces 2022 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Awardees

Farmer Veteran Coalition Announces 2022 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Awardees

WOODLAND, Calif. – May 12, 2022 – Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) announced today $470,000 in awards and equipment to veterans across the country through the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund, the largest amount awarded in program history. The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund provides direct assistance to veterans involved in agriculture by awarding them equipment and small grants in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 to purchase items they have identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business.

More than 130 farmer veterans representing 41 states and all branches of service—with the exception of the Space Force—received notifications this week that they have been selected to receive an award to purchase things like beekeeping equipment, fencing, livestock, tractor implements, walk-behind tractors, and other supplies.

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Fellowship Fund Notifications Coming Soon

Fellowship Fund Notifications Coming Soon

Thank you for your patience while the 2022 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund applications are being reviewed. Nearly 500 farmer veterans applied for funding this year, each with a unique and inspiring story of how their military career has brought them to agricultural work. The review committee is wrapping up a six-week evaluation process and plans to notify applicants of award decisions later this month. Notifications will be sent via e-mail to the address provided on the application.

The 2022 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund marks the 12th cycle of funding in the program’s history and we will be awarding $500,000 in equipment and supplies this spring!

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Refer a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor, Receive Free or Discounted Ticket

Refer a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor, Receive Free or Discounted Ticket

With the save-the-date going out last month for this year’s Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference, which is being held November 13-15 in Oklahoma City, work is underway to plan our best conference yet.

While we haven’t released ticket prices yet, we would like to give our farmer veterans an opportunity to receive free admission to the conference by successfully referring a conference sponsor or to receive $100 off for successfully referring a conference exhibitor.

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