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Farmer Veteran Coalition’s Midwest Conference set

By Staff | Jul 15, 2014

DES MOINES – Drake University Law School is partnering with the Farmer Veteran Coalition to host the Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 25 and from 8 a.m. to noon on July 26.

The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

The conference will include a tour of a diverse farm operation, educational presentations and workshops led by experts, agency personnel, and veterans service providers; as well as networking opportunities for participants, exhibitors and employers.

The farm tour shuttle will depart at 9 a.m. on July 25 from Drake University Law School. Exhibit space will be available for vendors, employers and other service providers.

Learn more and register at iowafarmerveteran.org/midwest.

The conference will allow veterans to join other veterans in networking, learning about unique opportunities, and jobs available to military veterans and service members who are farming, aspiring to farm, or seeking agricultural-related careers.

Topics for the various educational sessions include business planning, land access, financing, food safety, marketing contracts, branding and certifications, insurance and liability, recordkeeping, succession planning, new farm bill programs, and Veterans Administration benefits for farming.

“Drake University Law School is excited to be co-hosting this important event designed to assist veterans interested in farming.” said Neil Hamilton, director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center. “This event continues Drake’s commitment to assist a new generation of farmers find opportunities in rural America.”

Ed Cox, Midwest director of the Farmer Veteran Coalition said, “Veterans have a history of service and are used to demanding jobs that require decisiveness and adaptability.

“Veterans make great farmers, and the Coalition and this conference is about helping veterans succeed in agriculture.

“We have information and assistance for all types of farmers.”

The Farmer Veteran Coalition works with farmers, veterans, agri-business, educators, and others to provide educational resources and programs for veterans aspiring to farm.

The organization also provides guidance to veterans seeking employment in agriculture and rural areas.

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