Veterans in Agriculture

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There are approximately 19 million U.S military veterans, representing less than 10% of the total U.S. adult population. New York State is home to over 800,000 of that military veteran population. Not commonly known and understood, military service members have unique skill sets, which easily transfer to several agricultural or horticulture vocations.

Farm Ops provides the means for veterans, active duty service members, reservists, and members of the national guard to explore agricultural and horticulture avenues. These individuals may be seeking prospects to be their own boss, paths to connect with the soil or with nature, ventures to continue to serve the community in which they work and live, or just opportunities to connect with other veterans. Whatever their interests, Farm Ops aims to serve and support the men and women of NYS, who dedicated their lives in service and support of our nation.

Mission: To support military service members and veterans who desire to explore and/or pursue agricultural vocations.

Vision:

  • Provide a framework within which veterans can connect with their community, other military veterans involved in agriculture, and resources including targeted programs, information networks, and organizations oriented towards helping veterans transition to agricultural vocations.
  • Grow the relationships between Farm Ops and the NYS military/veteran communities.
  • Assist in synchronizing the efforts of veteran service/support organizations and farmer-oriented service organizations to gain efficiencies and better align services to farmer veteran needs.

Regional Learning Networks

As a partner in this effort, CCE Broome offers veteran farming training opportunities. Visit this calendar which is updated regularly.

Interested in networking with others on social media? Consider requesting to join the NYS Veterans In Agriculture Facebook page. This group is for farmers, veterans, and service providers who are interested in the discussion of how to better support veterans and active duty personnel transitioning into agriculture.

Another opportunity to connect is through the Farmer Veteran Coalition. You can follow the New York chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition on Facebook at FVCNY.

Want to receive news about the ‘Farm Ops’ programs for Veterans in ag?

Click here to sign up for enews and be sure to check the ‘Veteran’ box when you sign up.012

Also, please consider joining the New York State Veterans in Agriculture Network Listserve:

What is this Listserve?

Through a grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program the Cornell Small Farms Program initiated a statewide service provider network for organizations to support agriculture training for veterans. In continuing this work, we plan to implement multiple education strategies to engage and train military veterans who want to farm. We will be using this listserve to communicate with you as we begin to implement initiatives across the state. In turn, we hope you will use this as a tool to let others in the state know about events and training opportunities or discuss issues which would be relevant to veterans in agriculture.

Who’s Part of the Network?

This listserve is for New York state veterans who are interested in farming or are already farming and the service providers who work with them. We hope that this email list will serve as a valuable networking tool for this audience. Feel free to invite other people you know in the state who should be part of this network by having them follow the following instructions:

How do I Join?

From the email address you’d like to use for your list subscription, send an email to NYVETSAG-L-request@cornell.edu and type the word “join” (without quotations) in the body of the message.

Contact

Laura Biasillo
Agricultural Economic Development Specialist
lw257@cornell.edu
(607) 584-5007

Last updated June 28, 2022