SACRAMENTO — ‘Farm to Market: Opportunity Knocks’ is the seventh Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference hosted by Farmer Veteran Coalition. It’s the leading gathering for the military-to-agriculture movement sweeping the country.
This year the event takes place in two regional locations rather than one national gathering – Knoxville, Tenn. on Nov. 18th and Tacoma, Wash. on Dec. 10th. The Tennessee and Washington state chapters of Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) will serve as hosts.
A national non-profit that helps veterans pursue careers in agriculture, FVC mentors members of our Armed Forces who seek new ways to support and nourish the communities they left in order to serve and who seek a new mission in farming and ranching.
The events feature one day of education, workshops, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking and more. “These conferences are designed to offer veterans tools to take their agribusiness to the next level,” shares Executive Director Jeanette Lombardo. “They will meet every farmer, rancher and grower where they are and show them a path forward to scale their operations.” Also offered is an optional pre-conference social gathering and post-conference farm tours.
FVC welcomes veterans – including those still serving – who are currently farming, interested in farming, or just want to learn more about the movement. They also welcome non-veterans who would like to show their support of these brave men and women and tune in for the agricultural education.
For more information on the events visit https://conference.farmvetco.
Conference sponsors include: Farm Credit Council, Kubota Tractor Company, and Wounded Warrior Project at the platinum sponsorship level as well as generous support from American Farm Bureau Federation, Tennessee State University, National Farmers Union, Goodway Cares, Alpha Omega Veterans Services, National Veterans Business Development Council, Tennessee Department of Agriculture/Pick Tennessee and Vital Farms.
There are a few exhibit spaces and sponsorship opportunities available. For more information email FVCevents@farmvetco.org.
About Farmer Veteran Coalition
The mission of Farmer Veteran Coalition is mobilizing veterans to feed America. Established in 2008, its in-house programs include the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund small grant program, the nationally recognized Homegrown By Heroes label for veteran-grown products, and national and regional conferences. As the nation’s largest nonprofit assisting veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces embark on careers in agriculture, FVC has been successful in getting millions of dollars of USDA funds appropriated for farmer veterans and the groups that support them.
To support farmer veterans directly with donations visit www.farmvetco.org or text GIVE and the dollar amount to 270-838-3276 (270-VET-FARM).
–Farmer Veteran Coalition