Resource Helps Returning Military Find Future in AgricultureJuly 25, 2017 | :
by Beth Grabau
What if there was an organization in Iowa working with people who want to transition from their military service to the agricultural sector? That question describes the mission of Veterans In Agriculture, whose leadership has an interest and a passion for agriculture and helping veterans make that transition.
The need for this type of organization is obvious after you learn the statistics. Rural America makes up about 15% of the overall population of the United States, but 45% of those who serve in uniform come from these rural communities. Roughly half of the veterans questioned would like to return to their home area. Iowa has over 230,000 veterans, making up 6% of its population, while farmers make up only 3%.