Farmer veterans and veterans aspiring to get their start in farming came together with the government, educational and nonprofit partners that support them at the United We Farm North Carolina Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference October 10 at the North Carolina Farm Bureau in Raleigh.
The conference kicked off with a powerful welcome by NC Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten, followed by a high-level introduction to North Carolina agriculture by Farm Bureau’s director of specialty crops, Debbie Hamrick, who closed her presentation with a valuable list of action items to set up veterans for success in their farming endeavors.
Each year, Tractor Supply Company hosts a Farmers Market in the Fall and a Market Day in the Spring where they invite their customers and community partners to display and sell their homegrown and homemade products at participating store locations.
Leading up to the National Stakeholders Conference in November, FVC is bringing together the farmer veteran community for three, one-day conferences in North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia in the month of October. Thanks to support from Altria, these conferences are free to attend and will provide an opportunity to meet and network with other farmer veterans, visit with farm service organizations, hear from a panel of successful farmer veterans and much more.
Farmer Veteran Coalition, supported by Farm Credit, unveiled a new Homegrown By Heroes logo July 11 during a special ceremony on Capitol Hill. The new HBH logo, which was updated for the first time in the program’s history, features refreshed colors and, most notably, the inclusion of a female service member.
FVC members are now eligible for exclusive equipment purchase rebates on select Kubota equipment from all 1,100 authorized-Kubota dealerships nationwide. The discount program is an extension of Kubota’s existing partnership with FVC called “Geared to Give,” which is a program that works to identify and provide financial and equipment support to farmer veterans who apply for support through the FVC Fellowship Fund.
In conjunction with Kubota Tractor Corporation’s announcement of an exclusive discount for FVC members, we will begin issuing membership cards to our Veteran Members. These membership cards will be sent via email as a .PDF file to our Veteran Members by Friday, July 20.
The membership card will be used to verify your status as a Veteran Member of FVC when accessing discounts through FVC’s Membership Benefits program.
As Congress works toward passing the 2018 Farm Bill, more than 30 farmer veterans from around the country descended upon Washington, D.C. July 11-12 as part of a farmer veteran fly-in supported by Farm Credit.
The purpose of the fly-in was to bring farmer veterans to Capitol Hill to meet with policymakers to help them understand the issues impacting rural communities and the importance of programs that benefit veterans in agriculture. Continue Reading “Farmer Veterans Storm Capitol Hill”»
On Armed Forces Day, May 19, Tractor Supply Company honored 50 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund recipients at their local TSC store by presenting them with $1,000 gift cards during a nationwide shopping event. In total, Tractor Supply Company donated $50,000 in awards, providing Fellowship recipients the opportunity to purchase critical items needed to support their agricultural businesses.
Farmer veterans who would like to attend this year’s Stakeholders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, may now apply for a scholarship for travel and lodging. Applications must be submitted no later than Saturday, September 1.