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Supporting Veterans and Responding to Farm Stress

Farmers and ranchers across the country continue to struggle amidst the current farm crisis. Plummeting farm incomes, market instability, extreme weather patterns, and a thin disaster safety net have pushed many to bankruptcy, foreclosure, and even suicide. Many of these challenges are made worse for our nation’s military veterans, who have looked to a career in agriculture to continue serving their country.

The USDA recently announced the availability of $20 million in grant funds to help support our nation’s farmers through these unprecedented times. Federal grants will be awarded to support farmer mental health and training for military veterans through two competitive programs administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, read the Morning Ag Clips article.

For more information, check out the AgVets program page and the AgVets funding opportunity page.

 
Farm Bill Priority Areas
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