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.
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!
In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger established April as the Month of the Military Child. Military life can be very stressful on families in general. For children this stress can be heightened with feelings of abandonment and isolation due to long separations, frequent moves, inconsistent training schedules, and the toll of mental and physical injuries on both the service member and their families. Additionally, many of these children are trying to function normally everyday while having parents in harm’s way after being deployed overseas. Let’s all pray for them, their families, and for peace.
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.
Having an estate plan in place provides an opportunity to preserve your legacy and use your finances to make a lasting impact on others. And that’s exactly what Mary Elizabeth Peck planned for as her estate made a very generous donation to Farmer Veteran Coalition earlier this year.
Mary Elizabeth Peck—or M.E. to all who knew her—passed away on March 21, 2019. She was a lifelong resident of Roxbury, Connecticut, and had a very successful 27-year career at the UCONN Health Center where she started as a pathology tech and retired as head of the laboratory.
We want to give special birthday shoutouts to those who used their birthday to ask for donations for Farmer Veteran Coalition on Facebook—we really appreciate your support!
From January 2022 through March 2022, 10 people raised more than $2,000 in donations to help FVC on our mission of mobilizing Veterans to feed America. We’d like to give a big ‘thank you’ and wish happy birthday to:
March has arrived! Many consider March to be the beginning of spring as it brings the vernal equinox and the return of daylight savings time! The month of March was originally named for the Roman god of war, Mars, and more recently was designated as Women’s History Month. What a coincidence that as I write this newsletter the Pentagon has deployed over 12,000 troops to NATO member nations within a short distance of Ukraine. We all pray for our service members as they complete their duty and serve our nation.
Are you a Native American or Alaska Native military veteran that is currently involved in agriculture? If so, we need your input! 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.
A Fayetteville, North Carolina, native, Lawrence Rhone brings an impressive military and farming resume to the FVC team—and that might be an understatement!
As a veteran of the Army during both the Cold War and Gulf War eras, he served in field artillery as a forward observer which included directing close air support. In addition to his time spent sending rounds down range, Lawrence also became a Defense Language Institute certified translator of the German language and remains proficient as a simultaneous translator. Lawrence is also an Office of General Counsel accredited Claims Representative, a member of the National Organization of Veteran’s Advocates (NOVA), and in August 2021, he was appointed to the Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation by the Secretary of the Veteran’s Administration in Washington, D.C.