Over the last eight years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of veterans turning to agriculture for their post-service career. While many choose farming and ranching, others seek employment in the agriculture industry as well as federal service. USDA employs more than 11,000 veterans, and we’re looking to increase that number through a new apprenticeship program.
The program, which is being launched this week by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in partnership with the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is a registered national apprenticeship that will grow a pool of talent for USDA. Although it is open to anyone interested in a career in agriculture, we are especially proud that it offers America’s veterans one more way to join our ranks.
Apprentices in the program will receive 12 months of specialized training to become agricultural commodity graders (ACGs). ACGs are mission-critical positions for USDA. They are the highly trained USDA team members across the country who perform quality grading and inspections of the foods and agricultural products that we purchase every day.
Outside of the direct benefit to consumers, these apprentices and the other ACGs around the country help facilitate domestic and global commerce and are a vital part of USDA’s commitment to ensuring that the quality and wholesomeness of products meets buyers’ expectations.
USDA worked hand-in-hand with the DOL to develop a comprehensive curriculum that will help build the next generation of USDA technical professionals and leaders. We also worked closely with VA to ensure that veterans in the program who were eligible were able to access their hard-earned benefits. Thoughtful and dedicated work by many employees in these three agencies shows our commitment to veterans at the USDA and federal level.
We are committed to providing opportunities for American veterans, and this new program is another way for USDA to serve those who served our nation. Our new apprenticeship program will help them find opportunities in federal service. Our strong relationship with Hiring Our Heroes opens the agriculture industry and the thousands of high-skilled jobs to our veterans and we will continue to reach out to those who are interested in farming and ranching.
Since 2009, our programs at USDA have provided more than $505 million in direct farm loans to help 7,416 veterans start, maintain or grow their farming operations.
Learn more about the new apprenticeship program and other opportunities available at AMS.
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I can't find any listings to sign up for these apprenticeship opportunities anywhere. I checked ASM and DOL Apprentice Portal.
The booklet pdf had no information either.
I would like to seek employment with the USDA, especially in the fields of GIS, Botany, and pest management. I live in Arroyo Grande, CA.
I cannot find any listings to sign up for the apprenticeship opportunities.
I can't find one thing on how to sign up or apply for the program...am I missing something or is this no longer available?
The link is in the 2nd paragraph, 3rd line down -
registered national apprenticeship.
It takes you to a website and you just need to scroll down to Apprenticeship and click on View Opportunities.
@Kevin Gray - currently, the apprenticeship is in its pilot phase and all seats in the pilot are filled. At the end of this first year of training, the processes and outcomes will be evaluated to determine how and when future opportunities will be made available.