Agencies and Private Efforts Help Veterans Find Agricultural OpportunitiesSeptember 13, 2016 | :
by Ivory Harlow
An increasing number of military veterans are interested in farming as a post-service career. Government agencies and private organizations are stepping up to support troops entering the agricultural industry. Special financing, product development and marketing, and education opportunities are available for farmer vets.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) helps farmers finance farms, land, and working capital when they are unable to secure loans through a commercial lender. The 2014 Farm Bill increased resources available to military veterans, and created a USDA Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison. Farmer veterans receive preference and priority when applying for FSA loans and guarantees, and may qualify for additional incentives.