The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced an award of $5 million to community farming programs for Veterans. NIFA’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (AgVets) program specifically targets Veterans interested in pursuing careers across the food and agricultural sector. The aim is to equip Veterans with the necessary skills, training and experience that lead to meaningful employment opportunities to strengthen personal finances and rural economies.

The most recent announcement highlights eight AgVets projects. Each project offers onsite, hands-on training and classroom education leading to a comprehensive understanding of successful farm and ranch operations, and management practices. Projects may also offer workforce readiness and employment prospects for service-disabled Veterans.

Awardees

Rural South Institute, Madison, Alabama

Rural South Institute seeks to empower military Veterans and facilitate their equitable access to government programs and resources to successfully transition into civilian life. This project targets Veterans in Alabama, paying special attention to those currently serving in the Reserve and National Guard, and who are interested in farming and entrepreneurship.

Center for Land-Based Learning, Woodland, California

The long-term goal of this project is to provide comprehensive classroom and hands-on agricultural education to Veterans, and to connect them with support services that will increase their retention in agricultural careers. The target audience includes service-disabled Veterans, women Veterans, and socially disadvantaged Veterans in the state of California.

Farmer Veteran Coalition, Davis, California

“Veterans Farming Through Adversity” connects Veterans to an educational and training program  in their chosen agricultural field through partnerships with four certified agricultural apprenticeship programs: (a) Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA); (b) Archi’s Acres Institute for Sustainable Agriculture; (c) Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program; and (d) Texas AgrAbility Battleground to Breaking Ground. The four apprenticeship opportunities span 18 states and a variety of focus areas and commodities.

Denver Botanic Gardens, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Denver Botanic Gardens’ Veterans Farm Program creates opportunity out of crisis by preparing all Veterans for the agricultural workforce gap created by growers who are either retiring or leaving the industry.

Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) Corp., Manhattan, Kansas

SAVE provides hands on training and transition assistance for Veterans desiring a career in farming or the agriculture industry.

Michigan Integrated Food & Farming Systems, East Lansing, Michigan

The Heroes to Hives (H2H) program is the nation’s largest beekeeping education program with nearly 1,000 alumni operating over 4,000 beehives across the United States. H2H uses a 9-month hybrid education program that takes students through a year of beekeeping training using a self-paced online certificate program that is coupled with hands-on educational experiences at seven locations in Michigan.

Whitaker Small Farm Group Inc., Garner, North Carolina

The main goal of this project is to empower Veteran farmers primarily in eastern North Carolina with the resources, knowledge and expertise needed to make well informed decisions to manage their farms in a sustainable and profitable manner.

American Farmland Trust, Washington, D.C.

Veteran Women for the Land aims to foster a community of practice among Veteran women farmers in the Pacific Northwest through a series of listening sessions, Learning Circles and convenings.

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  1. AJ July 18, 2022 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Evening, thanks for the opportunity for assistance. However, I live in Wisconsin and do not have the opportunity to take time off from my 40 acres to attend an out of state function.
    I feel limited that I won’t qualify for any assistance because we are not a nonprofit organization. If programs exist for us that do not require us to be nonprofit, please let me know. Thanks again.

  2. Bryan July 18, 2022 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Are any of these resources (or other agriculture related resources) available to unvaccinated (Covid) veterans? And is any consideration made for previous natural infections?

    • Patrick July 19, 2022 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      Get vaccinated, and get out of here with your fringe politics. Even if you aren’t worried about getting sick, lots of innocent people are dead because of people like you and people like you. Period. Fact.

      • AllAmerican July 23, 2022 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        You sound crazy. America wouldn’t be American if everyone thought like a close minded quack.

      • Karen July 26, 2022 at 2:37 pm - Reply

        Well said, Patrick.

  3. Cheri July 18, 2022 at 10:19 am - Reply

    I know we vets don’t always get treated well, and the government is continually chipping away at our benefits, but farming is hard work. Veterans have done hard! If you really need to be a farmer then find a way. Farming will require you to be an accountant, fortuneteller, animal-whisperer, architect, surgeon, weatherman, and engineer. And even if you do everything right, Nature will have the last laugh or one of your main buyers will disappear and you will need to be a marketing magician. Maybe if the only thing keeping you from farming is not getting help from the VA, then you ain’t farmer material. I haven’t been helped by any of the VA programs but then I didn’t need training (but I could have used a low, or no-cost loan), however, the USDAs Farm Service Agency does have some programs that can help you. They operate in every state.

    Go check it out. Stand by for some heavy paperwork, strap on your patient-pants, and be ready to justify the spend. And good luck in your farming endeavors.

    • Crystal Kyle July 18, 2022 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      This is the absolute truth. People want a hand out. It doesn’t work that way. For those who want to complain and find excuses of why they cant……… continue to put your post below… for those who want information and get the meaning of your post can email me for resources. Not my job, but I manage the program that is posted and want to connect my peer veterans that understand working hard to good resources that have helped me and the large network of veteran farmers I work along side. The government has some things that can help us, but they are not handing out a ready made business for us to do nothing but make money. crystal.kyle@usda.gov

  4. Cheri July 18, 2022 at 9:59 am - Reply

    I worked through my FSA and got some help. It was not a cakewalk, but hey, we’re veterans and we can do hard, right? It took two years and a litany of paperwork but I did get my farm enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program where we work with the USDA on conservation practices that fit well with our operation (apiary and blueberry u-pic). Now we’re going for a farm expansion loan–even more paperwork–to buy a property we need to enhance our operation.

    Farming is hard work and rife with setbacks and challenges. Like any small business, it is easy to over-spend and under-produce. Training is great and there are lots of mentoring opportunities out there–Hives for Heroes out of TExas set me up with a mentor that has been invaluable in making me a better beekeeper. But ultimately I feel that if you really want to get veterans on a farm, help America build a sustainable small-farm culture, then make low or no-interest farm loans more readily available to folks along with the training.

    That is really where the plow hits the paydirt.

  5. David Atwell July 17, 2022 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Any help for Veterans in Princeton WV? I have 200 acres+_ and I have been farming, but this year with this Biden administration the fuel, seed, tractor repairs have been devastating. I hope you guys that get help the best. Airborne!!!!!

  6. Byron Wilkerson July 16, 2022 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    With all the agriculture in Missouri, nothing here for VETS. If there is, no one here knows about them.

    I am a disabled vet and have looked for opportunities yet, the VA, USDA, and MO farmers association know nothing about programs for veteran farming. If there is info out there, please advise!

  7. Mike July 15, 2022 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    It’d be helpful if this money helped with property taxes. I have a homestead in southern PA.

    • Cheri July 18, 2022 at 9:42 am - Reply

      I agree totally! You wanna help? Then give low or no interest loans, or tax relief to the actual veteran farmers instead of municipal programs that rareley translate to putting a veteran on a farm of his or her own.

      • Crystal Kyle July 18, 2022 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        They exist. Help comes from many sources with different funding allocations from congress. This is a piece. The research shows different. These programs are assisting farmers to become sustainable successful farms.

  8. Drew Apple July 15, 2022 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I believe our future is vertical gardening. Buy old factories that have been abandoned and converting them for indoor vertical farms. The location is likely near a major city and food transportation will be greatly reduced. Grow here sell here!!
    I am in if anyone wants to team up. Maybe a limited focus on this for our future!!

    • Cato July 18, 2022 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      Interested

  9. Tony July 14, 2022 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Of course nothing in Indiana…
    With all of our farming that’s
    ridiculous…!

  10. Sheryl Craig July 14, 2022 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    How old is too old and why does age disqualify someone?

    • Clinton starnes July 18, 2022 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Nothing in Oklahoma! I also didn’t see anything about disabled veterans spouses getting help or education.

  11. Keith Rogers July 14, 2022 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Hello I am very interested can you help me with any programs in eastern mississippi lauderdale county i have 40 acres thanks

  12. Tom Dillon July 14, 2022 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m a disabled veteran in Goodview, Virginia. I tried bees before but, the skunks wiped me out. I gave my equipment to a guy on Craig’s List. I really enjoyed it for while and would like to try again. Is it possible for me to get help, financially, as I’m no longer able to work due to PTSD? Recently, took my pension; small. Fixed income makes finances very tight.
    What if I don’t have website?

    • Dirk Shearer July 15, 2022 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Tom,
      I keep bees and I also conduct Wildlife Conflict Resolution, so I know how to deal with skunks. In fact, I got all my bees from folks contracting with me to capture or remove them. I have 25 hives and have given away or sold probably 100 or more swarms over the years.

      Raise your hives to prevent skunks from having access. This will usually be enough to save your bees from the skunks. Second option is to trap and kill the skunks.

      If you can successfully keep your bees alive an productive, skunks should not be e limiting factor.

  13. Mike July 14, 2022 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I do think most of us are done dealing with people and want to be left alone out in the country. I just bought me 10 acres away from everybody and anybody. I love it but I need to get a lot done on it it’s harder now days but it’s ok I got nothing but time on my hands.i would love to take advantage of any help, that I can get but I’m not taking any handouts from the government nowadays.

    • Lawrence Rayburn July 15, 2022 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      I’m with you on that, Mike. Nothing for vets in west Texas. I’m a disabled USAF Vietnam Veteran and I get no disability income. All I have is my SS retirement check each month, but my small farm and home have been paid for since 2000. All these grants and loans to benefit veterans have a hook….and they want you to mortgage your land and home so the
      government can take it from you if you can’t pay and when you die nothing left for family. Everything is a scam to strip you of everything.

  14. James Thornbrough July 14, 2022 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    If any of y’all get awarded this type of blessing, call me! I ain’t got no tractor but my hands and feet still work!
    LoL NOT LoL

    • George Haddox July 14, 2022 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      I live in Simpsonville SC and would love to receive training in my area for home food gardeners. I presently have a 40′ x 55′ garden that I try to supply my family’s needs. But I am not always successful.

  15. Nevin Gatchalian July 14, 2022 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Any VA farming programs in Oahu, HI? I want to make use of my 2-acre vacant farm land.

    • Crystal Kyle July 18, 2022 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Hoola farms Emily Emmons

  16. Christopher A Squires July 14, 2022 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I am very interested and would like to learn more. I have a small farm in Tx and have a business plan already made up. Have been applying for grants and haven’t gotten any results.

    • Ellis D. Valerio July 14, 2022 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      My patronage on agriculture I once was a farmer and land owner and also National Guard Armoury, so vegetation is valid fuel…

  17. Al Ray July 14, 2022 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I live Georgia
    I am interested in Farming;

    How can I get involved in Farming ?

    • Ed Smith July 14, 2022 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      I have applied to many government farm grants and no received anything.

      • Will Jardin July 15, 2022 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        No, you cant.

    • Chanda July 14, 2022 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Where are you in GA? I have a Veteran friend who runs Hero Ag in NorthWest GA, can probably hook you up with someone local to you.

    • Crystal Kyle July 18, 2022 at 3:01 pm - Reply
  18. Steven Manley July 14, 2022 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Is there a plan or anything available for northern Utah? I didn’t see any applications for veterans just organizations.

  19. Linnon C. Latham Jr July 14, 2022 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I was interested in this for FL also.

  20. Keith Genter July 14, 2022 at 10:43 am - Reply

    The Heroes to Hives program is run by a Veteran at the University of Michigan. If you have the motivation and any outdoor space, you can be a bee keeper. Pollinators are absolutely critical for all of the other forms of farming. The H2H program is free online training and it can change your life

    • Yayah July 14, 2022 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      I am in West Virginia and am interested!

      • Heather July 14, 2022 at 1:43 pm - Reply

        Interested in resources and information regarding the state of South Carolina. I’m an avid gardener but currently do not have business model set up.

  21. Sean C July 14, 2022 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I am interested in something along these lines how does one get involved?

    • Joseph Snodgrass July 15, 2022 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      I am very interested in this. I have actually been looking for information and resources as my wife and I have discussed this for quite a while now. We would to be contacted I regards to this. We live in Arizona, however I am from San Diego,

  22. Grant spalding July 14, 2022 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I agree with most of these posts. How does a soon to be retired vet get the education and equipment to start sustainable farming? I do not see anything in the Missouri area. I bought 31 acres for just this but there is no information that doesn’t require traveling to an expensive, overtaxed region to get hands-on or other education.

  23. Ussery Henry July 14, 2022 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I am excited about this program, don’t have time for picking things apart. I have invested in an old depressed property. Double Wide an 20 acres. Have out buildings and barn still trying to repair and make ago of it. Also bought a tractor and implements. This has been a difficult experience for me due to disability’s, nevertheless I have invested my life in it for the last six years. As you can imagine there is a lot to do and requires significant amount of capital. Do you think I am in a position to get financial help? Thanks

  24. Robinson Stallings July 14, 2022 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Where and how to I get assistance in acquiring the necessary equipment needed in order to get started?

  25. Honi Greenlee July 14, 2022 at 10:04 am - Reply

    H2H is a great program for veterans and their caregiver no matter where you live! The course is an online apprentice beekeeper course that my veteran & I completed in 2021 on an iPhone using data from our home without internet access. Downfall of the program was a miscommunication on what would be supplied upon completion We thought we would be receiving 2 hive kits & 2 pkgs of bees to get started we purchased the other equipment we would need only to find ourselves in spring 2022 with no hive kits & no time to order bees! This left us having to wait till 2023 to begin farming

    • Tom Dillon July 14, 2022 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Honi,
      What’s the website, please?
      Thanks,
      Tom

    • Randy Pritchard July 14, 2022 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Hi
      I’m a Marine Corps veteran living in Virginia & have been a bee keeper for 7 years.
      I would be more than happy to give you 3 started n complete hives but not willing to ship them.
      I went to a Michigan football game a few years ago and it was about an 9 hour drive just fyi if interested..
      Thanks
      Name of our Honey business Bee Hugger Apiaries LLC which is on Facebook which my wife monitors

  26. Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Hello everyone, I am Dr. Crystal Kyle . I am an OEF, OIF Army veteran, a small farmer in NC and I administer this program as well as, Beginning Farmer and Rancher program, and AgrAbility at NIFA/USDA. All of these programs have a veteran focus. Funds are allocated through legislation. I encourage you to get involved to change or increase funds. These programs are for programs that are teaching veterans to farm. If you are interested in one of these programs as a participant, please contact me. As far as resources: Please contact your local extension and Land Grant Universities. There are resources out there, but with everything, most things are not going to be just handed to you. As for the 3 year experience, military time will take a year off, as well another year for an Ag degree. Contact FSA for more on that. Here are some more you may be interested in:

    USDA Service Center locator:
    Cooperative Extension Services:
    AgrAbility
    Veteran AgrAbility resource
    Home grown by heros
    USDA Veteran: https
    Farm answers

    • Wayne July 14, 2022 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you!

    • Cashauna Davis July 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Crystal,
      I just bought some land in Texas and interested in farming. I am a women disabled vet. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience.

    • CRW July 14, 2022 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Good afternoon Ms. Kyle, I will keep this brief: grew up ranching in CA, spent 10 years as a Marine aviator, combat veteran – now quadriplegic 100% + service-connected. I have no doubt that with the proper resources, I can manage a ranch or farm. But realistically, is there a place for someone such as myself in the industry?

    • Lynda July 15, 2022 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Good morning. We are in Newton County, Arkansas. We are very much in need of a meat processing house (wording it softly) in our county. Many farmers that actually support our small local communities and schools, but they have to drive HOURS each direction to get to a processing place. My husband and I are both veterans and wanting to get one going here. Any idea who we could talk to or who could help?
      Thank you in advance.

    • Cato July 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Hello Dr. I and my Wife are Interested i am a Retired Army Field Artillery Combat Veteran. OIF (3 Tours) Thanks.

  27. Sam Edwards July 14, 2022 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Are there any awardees available or soon to be available for the state of Georgia especially for those looking to expand if we already own our own land?

  28. Eric July 14, 2022 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Are there any resources for this n Georgia?

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 9:58 am - Reply

      yes. Jon Jackson runs a program in GA. Look for him and your local extension office. crystal.kyle@usda.gov if you would like to connect

  29. David Miller July 14, 2022 at 7:14 am - Reply

    How do I get help with land and equipment loans or grants

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 9:59 am - Reply

      talk to your local extension. They often have loan out items. FVC also has a program where they grant some equipment each year

  30. Jeffrey L. Frusha July 14, 2022 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Funny thing… I have 6.39 acres and the USDA can’t seem to find a way to help me get a tractor, since I don’t have 2 years of financial paperwork for a farm I have no equipment to work. There doesn’t seem to be any program to even help me get the equipment I need, yet this story shows that special interest groups get paid, without showing how that benefits Veterans.

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:01 am - Reply

      We fund educational programs that are benefiting veterans by teaching Veterans to farm and access to resources. if you would like to connect crystal.kyle@usda.gov and I am on linkedin

  31. Kristen Crose July 14, 2022 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Is there anything offered for Ohio?

  32. geraldpleckham July 13, 2022 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Would very much like to talk to somebody about an idea that I have for disabled vets and veterans as well my name is geraldpleckham

  33. Christine July 13, 2022 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    You don’t have a link for Veteran Women for the Land. And you seem to have associated it with the American Farmland Trust link instead, which is in the other Washington which is NOT in the Pacific Northwest.

    • TB July 14, 2022 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Yes! I saw that too… I guess they don’t monitor their comments. :/

  34. Tywanda Addo-Amoh July 13, 2022 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I would like to join

  35. M Hill July 13, 2022 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Since we humans are herbivorous, no need for animal (including bees and/or other insects) farming, correct? For the health of our veterans, the nation, and the animals we share this planet with, let’s advocate for healthy plant-based eating vs. animal exploitation (“farming”) and the multitude of diseases that follow (albeit financially profitable for a few!). Thank you

    • Dirk Shearer July 15, 2022 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Humans are omnivores.

      Animal husbandry is part of agriculture. Food, fiber, and animal byproducts are renewable resources and about as natural as you can get.

      If you choose a plant based diet, that is certainly your right to do so.

      Don’t mothers nurse their babies with milk produced from their own bodies? In its simplest form, this certainly negates the premise that humans do not consume animal based products.

    • Pace July 15, 2022 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Actually we are omnivores. Which means we can eat most everything and digest it. Need meat for good protein. Need protein for good brain, hair, and skin. Need the fat amino acid for good brain activity. Much healthier if eat healthy real food. Plant based food lacks many needed elements and unless add supplements to a plant only diet may find health not as good as it should be.

  36. John July 13, 2022 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    All these programs sound great and serve a great purpose. However, I do not see how a struggling veteran in western Nc could possibly benefit from any of this. Good for the ones who can I suppose.

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:04 am - Reply

      There are many programs that we fund in NC. I am a veteran and a small farmer. This program is one I administer (see my full comment above) if you are interested in participating in a veteran lead Ag Ed program email me at crystal.kyle@usda.gov for more info

  37. Charles Smith July 13, 2022 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Interested in farming.

  38. Charles Smith July 13, 2022 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I am interested in learning more.

  39. James Violante July 13, 2022 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    How about something in South NJ?

  40. Wayne Casto July 13, 2022 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    H2H program interested not enough contact information Please post intact information and material information

  41. Joseph Smith July 13, 2022 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    What resources are available to me? I’d like to grow some cherries

  42. Cody July 13, 2022 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    We need funding for veterans that want to farm. That is the real barrier. A guarantee like the home loan would be a better and more usable program

  43. John Eskew July 13, 2022 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I’m interested in a horse farm to do boarding work with vets ptsd ect

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Hi John, Unfortunately the AGVETS program does not fund horse operations. I would encourage you to go to the NIFA website and see if there are any other programs that might help fund you. Good luck. I am a veteran with PTSD. My daughter has brain cancer. We both participated in and benefited from horse therapy.

  44. James Burke July 13, 2022 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    The grant for Denver Botanical Gardens must be changed to add. Veterans to Farmers run by Richard Murphy, an Air Force veteran.

  45. Lenon Whitfield July 13, 2022 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I live in DeSoto County Mississippi, are there any agriculture training opportunities offerings in this location?

  46. Johnny Larkin Owens July 13, 2022 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    The government continuing to create more ways to waste taxpayer money.

  47. Magnus July 13, 2022 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Listed cities are likely to expensive for an out of work vet to live there

    An remote online programs for us vets trying to live on 1700 a month in a low cost county on rural land in our 15 year old travel trailers

  48. Travis Ebmeyer July 13, 2022 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I need a beginning farmers grant or loan to aquire the proper equipment needed as well as outbuildings and livestock supplys

  49. Paul Edward Gingras July 13, 2022 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    thanks

  50. Graham Phuvanatnaranubala July 13, 2022 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    How does these work? I am retired military and am looking to relocated to Georgia. Are there any opportunity in this are?

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:08 am - Reply

      There are, email me at crystal.kyle@usda.gov. I administer these programs (see post above) I can assist you with finding a program that we fund near you

  51. GI Joe July 13, 2022 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I called and they said I was too old

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:09 am - Reply

      I am the person you would call… if you want resources crystal.kyle@usda.gov

    • JJ July 14, 2022 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Lmfao! That’s exactly what they will say to 90% of all vets… that you’re to F..ing old. Or they’ll find some other cheap, even more ridiculous, excuse to blow you off.

      Just trying to seek more info through those links is like they provided there is like attempting to solve a complex mathematical problem.

      Look gents, do not waste your time. This all is nothing but a front by VA and the government to make everyone believe they are actively doing something for veterans. But in reality they have ZERO intentions and no desire whatsoever in helping veterans. It’s all about make believe. So move on and good luck.

  52. JC Brooks July 13, 2022 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I would love to have information to apply and expand this program in Western North Carolina.
    I have 50 acres snd do my best to raise cattle, butcher and sale beef and cattle.
    We also have a greenhouse my wife runs.
    CW3 JC Brooks
    USA, Retired

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Hi I am Dr. Crystal Kyle a veteran myself and I own and operate a small farm in Western NC. I also administer the program along with Beginning Farmer and Rancher and AgrAbility program. There are many resources and networks. Email me at crystal.kyle@usda.gov lets connect

    • pace July 15, 2022 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Suggest go to cattle auctions and meet cattleman. Then join local cattleman association. Eventually will then meet all the government people involved in your local meat industry. Will meet some really nice people with same interest.

  53. Jared A Smith July 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Be nice if you advertised these types of things BEFORE the selections were made.

    A bit hard to get help when you all keep refusing to help us in a timely manner.

    And interesting to see the VA taking credit for another’s agency’s contributions. Like usual. Now if the VA would have funded them, it’d be different.

    But you simply talk about supporting us. 100% disabled veteran and you refuse to even pay your community care bills.

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:16 am - Reply

      We (AGVETs) releases a grant every year depending on congress and allocated funding.

  54. Daniel July 13, 2022 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I am a 100% rated disabled veteran, I would like to get into farming on our property, but I only have an acre of land. What could I do if anything to get some help turning our property into a bee and plant sanctuary as we produce food to store and resell locally? I am finding that I enjoy growing things. Thanks for your time.

  55. Jack John July 13, 2022 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Another article by the VA that does nothing to help a veteran. This is just a booster of acknowledgement to those who say they do stuff for the veteran. But gives absolutely no information on how to pursue what this article in tales.

    • JJ July 14, 2022 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Exactly.

  56. Crescen Hernandez July 13, 2022 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Im in Texas and interested in Agricultural resources available to Veterans please help

  57. Denise July 13, 2022 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I am a 90% disabled female Gulf War veteran and this is exactly what I am trying to accomplish but I desperately need training. I do not live in any of the states shown, I live on 5 acres perfect for farming (sandy loam soil) in North Texas, is there a program available for me where I live?

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Hi Denise,

      I am a 100% disabled OEF and OIF veteran that farms. AGVETs is a program I administer. Yes, there are funded programs for you. crystal.kyle@usda.gov. I can find one thats close to you. Also see my post above. i added other resources that you may want to check out

  58. Richard Mulholland July 13, 2022 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    What about the smaller folks

  59. Nicholas Gazzillo July 13, 2022 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Any opportunity for South Florida Disabled Veterans?

  60. Brandon American July 13, 2022 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Looks like a few of these so called awardees are nothing more than a political group pushing BS “Climate Change” agenda. Real farmers have always done what’s right for the environment. Unfortunately the clown show policies are currently starving Americans and bankrupting Veteran owned businesses.

  61. Eladio Alameda July 13, 2022 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Are there any opportunities in Florida regarding Farms?

  62. Stephen Sargeant July 13, 2022 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    This is something I’ll love to get into for the long hall.

  63. David Atwell July 13, 2022 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Why is there no type of help for Veterans and Disabled Veterans in West Virginia?

  64. Gilbert Boisvert July 13, 2022 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Looks like the entire East Coast has been put totally out of the picture! We have VETS here that could benefit from such a program.

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:20 am - Reply

      hi Gilbert,

      I administer this and other programs for veteran at the USDA. I am also a veteran that farms myself. We have lots of funded programs on the East Coast. I actually work remote from my home and farm in NC. email me at crystal.kyle@usda.gov lets find you a program .

      • JJ July 14, 2022 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        Funny though how you only bother to reply and assist the one female that asked for help. Will you now bother to reply and help all the other (male) responders on here that are seeking answers to their questions? Just saying. Please shelve your feminism and be equally helpful to all veterans regardlessof gender. Thank you and good day!

        Also, why are we being required to make use of a calculator to post comments on here? It’s quite annoying and highly unfair. For instance, to post this message I am required to answer the following: 12×29. For me to answer that, I have to use of a calculator. Even though I am pretty good with math and hold a degree in engineering, I am NOT a machine capable of performingextensive mathematical calculations in a fly. Just saying, it is an inconvenience to have to break out a calculator just to post messages here. It is especially hindering to vets who are already dealing with their own disabilities, which could be mental. Please be more considerate and inclusive with all vets is all I’m saying. Thank you.

        [Editor: She replied to almost two dozen comments.]

    • David Atwell July 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      I’m from West Virginia. Most (I say most because I don’t know of a single Veteran in my area that has gotten any type of aid, help from this government) Veterans here receive nothing from the VA, Fed Gov or State Gov. We are pretty much a lost cause that defended and still defend and will always defend Our Country. Who picks the States that will receive funding or help from the same Government and Country that we so gave our most Patriotic Duty to? Picking five or so states and not fifty is discriminatory, isn’t it? We Veterans from all 50 States commitment and sacrificed our lives for this Country, People and our way of life. Do we have to be a certain Race, color, or gender? I’m not asking for anything special for us Veterans, only asking for what we deserve to keep you people free and safe. Put on a United States military Uniform and defend your Country like millions of us Veterans have, and you will feel the same. AIRBORNE and love to my Brothers and Sisters who have and is and will always defend this Great Country. I have to get my calculator to do this math (30×25)=535 idiots on The Hill that have ruined Our Gov.

      [Editor: This guest post highlights just the latest initiative from a small Dept. of Ag program. For other programs, or more information on Ag, please click the links in the story, or see the information in the comments by the Ag spokesperson.]

  65. Rick Strul July 13, 2022 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Nothing in Tennessee or Florida? Why not?

    • Crystal Kyle July 14, 2022 at 10:21 am - Reply

      hello Rick. I am Crystal Kyle. Please see my post above. We have plenty of programs in Tennessee and Florida. you are looking at just one years funding. email me at crystal.kyle@usda.gov and i can find one close to you

  66. Billy Smith July 13, 2022 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I currently live on my brothers 5 acre farm. I would like to raise livestock of sorts in small quantities but need seed monies to do so. What is the best way to go about this?

  67. Jose A Cardona July 13, 2022 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    How about if the VA does something for the people in central Florida, when do we get support for the agricultural resources, I have been trying to get support on a 5 acre property I bought within the USDA and I tell you as a 23 year disabled combat Veteran service member it has been the most difficult situation in order to get support to start a Hydrponic system that am certified on.

    • JJ July 14, 2022 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      They won’t help you. Don’t waste your time. You’ll have to do it on your own, unfortunately. Best and good luck.

    • Robert Follett July 14, 2022 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      I sold my farm in Lake Wales. Central Florida is wasted area for veterans to get anything.

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