Agriculture Education for Transitioning Military Service Members

USDA and Department of Defense Announce Agriculture Education Effort that will Reach 200,000 Transitioning Military Service Members Each Year

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and Dr. Susan Kelly, Director of the Department of Defense’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, today announced the integration of agriculture into the career training and counseling programs Service members receive as they transition out of the military.

Information about USDA resources and programs will now reach 200,000 transitioning Service members every year.

“Rural America disproportionately sends its sons and daughters to serve in the military. When Service members return home, we want them to know that rural America has a place for them –no matter where they’re from,” said Deputy Secretary Harden.

“This expanded collaboration between USDA and DOD will help to ensure that returning Service members know that there are a wide variety of loans, grants, training and technical assistance for veterans who are passionate about a career in agriculture, no matter their experience level.”

“Our transitioning Service members leave the military with a variety of essential skills – including leadership and discipline – that could be directly applied to a career in agriculture,” said Dr. Susan S. Kelly, Director of the Department of Defense’s Transition to Veterans Program Office.

“For those members who are considering farming or ranching as a post-service career, I encourage them to learn more about the opportunities, preferences, and incentives offered by the USDA.”

Every year, approximately 200,000 Service members complete the Transition Assistance Program as they prepare for civilian life. This partnership will help to ensure that returning Service members know about the incentives for military veterans in USDA programs, and the many ways USDA can support military veterans and their families, from farm loans to conservation programs to nutrition assistance to rural rental housing and homeownership opportunities.

Veterans can also visit www.usda.gov/veterans, a website designed specifically to educate them about USDA programs.[…] Full release