November 11 is Veterans Day – and to all Veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifice. We salute you.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports military members, Veterans and military families through numerous programs and services:
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, and Military Veterans
Each year, NIFA invests millions of dollars in programs for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and military Veterans to help those interested in farming get a solid start in their new careers. NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program funds projects that provide the support new farmers and ranchers need. NIFA’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network funds projects that deliver stress assistance for people in farming, ranching, and other agriculture-related occupations. The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program (AgVets) offers onsite, hands-on training (including immersive model farm and ranch programs) plus classroom education to create pathways for military Veterans interested in agriculture careers.
Support for Disabled Veterans
AgrAbility is a consumer-driven, USDA-funded program with a special focus on military Veterans. It provides vital education, assistance, and support to farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Through the combined dedication and expertise of the Cooperative Extension System and nonprofit disability organizations, AgrAbility helps thousands of determined individuals overcome barriers to continuing their chosen professions in agriculture.
Military REACH bridges the gap between research and practice to allow policymakers, community leaders, educators, youth development professionals, and other professionals access to current research, training, coaching tools, and information to benefit military members and their families. This program partners with Land-grant Institutions to increase professional and workforce development.
NIFA and 4-H Partner with Military Community, Family and Youth
NIFA and 4-H partner with Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Military Community and Family Policy, Army Child, Youth and School Services, Air Force Airman and Family Services and Navy Family Readiness to support youth and family programs on military installations around the world? Some examples: Youth Support Internship Program; Military Teen Adventure Camp; U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program; Military Families Learning Network ; and DoD’s Child Development Virtual Laboratory School. Learn more about NIFA’s Military Youth Programs.
NIFA is proud to support Veterans every day. Thank you for your courage, strength, and dedication to keeping us safe.