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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Memorial Day is that one special day out of the year that we pause to honor our loved ones, our ancestors, and our friends who died defending our freedom and liberty. I am always proud of how our military families provide such a wonderful example of taking the time to observe and reflect on this important day by participating in traditions such as religious services, parades, and speeches across the United States, and the placement of flags, insignia, and flowers on the graves of our departed veterans.
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.
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!