Agricultural workshops set up for military veterans


LAFAYETTE OUEST, Ind. – Indiana AgrAbility, hosted at Purdue University, will share agricultural opportunities and resources for military veterans during two Veteran Farmer Workshop updates and Indiana AgVets this summer. Veterans interested or already involved in farming are encouraged to register to learn, network and spend time with other Veterans.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 2, the first workshop will be held at the Ivy Tech Community College Student Life Center in Fort Wayne. Hosts for this event include the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne agricultural program, staff from Purdue Extension and AgrAbility, and the Farmer Veteran Coalition – Indiana Chapter.

Topics covered at Friday’s event will be:

  • Overview and tour of Ivy Tech’s agricultural facilities.
  • Introduction to AgrAbility.
  • Extension and other resources for veteran and novice farmers.
  • Farmer Veteran Coalition Programs and Opportunities.
  • Indiana AgVets Certification and Internship Program.

From noon to 4 p.m. on July 15, educators from Purdue Extension from Vanderburgh and Posey Counties and the Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation will host the event at the Vanderburgh 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road, Evansville , participants are also invited to attend the Southwest Indiana Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) barbecue immediately following the workshop at the same location.

The topics discussed during the event on July 15 will be:

  • Indiana cultivated and cultivated by heroes.
  • Purdue Extension resources for veteran and novice farmers.
  • Direct marketing and agro-tourism opportunities.
  • USDA Programs for Veteran Farmers (FSA, NRCS).
  • AgrAbility, Farmer Veteran Coalition, Indiana AgVets updates.

The workshops are free and lunch will be offered. Registration is compulsory for all participants. Spouses and relatives are welcome. Contact Edward Sheldon at [email protected] for any questions regarding the events.

Fort Wayne recording.

Evansville recording.

SWCD conservation barbecue registration.

Writer: Abby Leeds, 765-494-7817, [email protected]

Source: Edward Sheldon, [email protected]

Agricultural communications: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Head of Department, [email protected]

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