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Active-duty service members (including National Guard and Reserve), veterans of all eras and military spouses are invited to the virtual Boots to Business Reboot for Veteran Beginning Farmers and Ranchers on April 8, 2024.

This full-day workshop will aid those interested in exploring agriculture-based business ownership by describing the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan.

USDA Supports America’s Heroes

Preparedness and defense are critical to America’s food and agriculture sectors and to sustaining and growing rural America. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking to military veterans across the country to fill the roles that keep America’s food supply safe and secure, preserve and strengthen rural communities, and restore and conserve the environment.

USDA wants to ensure that veterans looking to return home, or start a new career on a farm or in a rural community have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.

The Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison (MVAL) helps veterans explore ways to launch successful careers in agriculture by:

  • Coordinating with the USDA Human Resources Office to help veterans and their spouses find employment at USDA agencies.
  • Connecting veterans with paid apprenticeships through USDA and the Department of Labor.
  • Connecting veterans to nonprofit and other partners who can provide veterans with training and hands-on experience in agriculture.
  • Working with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs help veterans to gain valuable civilian work experience through non-paid internships with USDA agencies.
  • Sharing information about more than 40 loan, grant and technical assistance programs.

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