Ten years ago today, Farmer Veteran Coalition incorporated as a project of Community Partners, our fiscal sponsor. A few days earlier we had set up shop in our $250/month office – a book storage room in downtown Davis, California with two desks, a phone number and an address. We had a big idea and we were ready to get busy.
It is hard to imagine how new the concept was – mobilizing veterans to feed America. But we already had found about 15 veterans who were eager to become farmers. Our plan was simple: find a way to help them, and then tell their story.
Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the application for the 2019 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund will open February 1 at 8 a.m. PST. The application will remain open for five weeks before closing on March 8 at 5 p.m. PST.
The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides veterans with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to make purchases they have identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Since it was established in 2011, the Fellowship Fund has awarded $2 million to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching.
GRAPEVINE, Texas(November 8, 2018) – Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced five new farmer veteran tractor recipients as part of its 2018 “Geared to Give” program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). This year, for the first time, Kubota is honoring five veterans, adding a fifth veteran to represent its newly-created Midwest operating division. Each veteran will receive the keys to their new Kubota L Series compact tractor in their respective hometown in a special ceremony in recognition of their past U.S. military service and their continued service to their communities through farming.
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.