Veterans have opportunity to grow with USDA and farming resources

Assistance with land, equipment and training


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Few pairings more closely align than Veterans and farming. The skill sets developed in military service match many of the characteristics of a successful agricultural professional. Whether it’s a sense of duty, responsibility and accountability for completing the mission, or being organized and disciplined, Veterans typically transition naturally into farming, ranching, and other agricultural opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture knows what Veterans bring to the table: a strict adherence to rules and schedules, the ability to problem solve quickly and creatively, and strong work ethic. In return, USDA is committed to assisting Veterans across the country to keep America’s food supply safe and secure.

Metro Atlanta Urban Farm CEO Bobby Wilson talks with NRCS District Conservationist Shemekia Mosley, NRCS State Public Affairs Specialist Chris Groskreutz and FSA Beginning Farmer Regional Coordinator Rodney Brooks about future opportunities his farm. USDA photo by Preston Keres.

Metro Atlanta Urban Farm CEO Bobby Wilson talks with NRCS’s Shemekia Mosley, Chris Groskreutz and FSA Beginning Farmer Regional Coordinator Rodney Brooks about future opportunities his farm. USDA photo by Preston Keres.

In 2018, USDA’s Farm Service Agency provided $64.5 million in direct and guaranteed farm operating loans to Veterans—and Veterans have preference.

Veteran farmers and ranchers receive certain preferences under most USDA farm credit and farmland conservation programs. They are eligible for increased cost share assistance, additional financial incentives, and funding preferences for engaging in conservation efforts.

For Veterans living in rural America, USDA has additional resources to strengthen and empower skilled Veteran leaders to support the communities they know and love.

“Nearly one quarter of Veterans, approximately 5 million, live in rural areas,” said Bill Ashton, USDA Military Veteran Agricultural Liaison. “They [Veterans] can be a positive force for our communities. USDA is committed to making our programs accessible to help Veterans start or grow a career and maximize the potential talent of this population.”

U.S. Army Veteran Jody Schnurrenberger, Hock-Newberry Farm operations owner and U.S. Coast Guard Veteran Erica Govednik, and U.S. Army Veterans Christine and David Hale, Jr. at Hock-Dewberry Farm, an organically-managed farm in Marshall, VA

U.S. Army Veteran Jody Schnurrenberger, Hock-Newberry Farm operations owner and U.S. Coast Guard Veteran Erica Govednik, and U.S. Army Veterans Christine and David Hale, Jr. at Hock-Dewberry Farm, an organically-managed farm in Marshall, Virginia.

USDA’s Rural Development has more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs including support to:

  • Purchase and develop land and facilities
  • Purchase equipment and supplies
  • Refinance for job expansion
  • Finance for energy efficiency improvements

Veterans in urban areas also have resources available. Whether its backyard or rooftop farming or cutting-edge technologies in intensive indoor hydroponic or aquaculture farms, USDA can help urban Veterans explore opportunities in agriculture. USDA’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit is a great place to start.

USDA ensures that Veterans looking to return home or start a new career on a farm or in a rural community have the tools and opportunities needed for success. Resources are available in every aspect of the agricultural industry, including Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment.

USDA’s Veteran website serves as a one-stop navigator for Veterans looking to learn more and support the critical mission of preparedness and defense of America’s food and agriculture sectors.

Author

Steven Clipp

Steve Clipp joined VA in 2017 with the White House/VA Hotline and is currently on detail as a communications specialist with the Veteran Experience Office. Steve, a Navy Veteran, served as an electronics technician in Fighter Squadron 31 (VF 31-F/14s) on-board the USS Abraham Lincoln. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Comments

  1. William Eric Kepppner    

    And another thing. On this main page they say “In 2018, USDA’s Farm Service Agency provided $64.5 million in direct and guaranteed farm operating loans to Veterans—and Veterans have preference.”

    When you look further and click through all the links and find out that MOST of this money is set aside for researchers, city government and businesses NOT veterans! When you click to see what is available for Individuals here is what EVERYONE gets, NOT JUST VETERANS. More lies and political smoke….
    Programs & Services for Individuals
    Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans & Grants
    Individual Water & Wastewater Grants
    Multi-Family Housing Direct Loans
    Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans
    Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
    Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants
    Value Added Producer Grants

    So if you do just a little looking you find out how full of crap they are. Good Job USDA and VA

  2. Uncle Sams Child    

    USDA needs to do a WEBINAR on this program. There are a lot of unanswered questions. USDA is not equipped to pawn information over to the Vet Administration for them to broadcast out to the Vet community. USDA needs to stand up to the microphone and work with Veterans directly! Start by doing a WEBINAR to talk about the program. I myself would like to talk to the Program Manager and hear answers directly from the horses mouth!

  3. Howard Bonnell    

    Looks like every government program. Work your “you know what off” and you will most likely end up with nothing even if you dot all your ( i’s) and cross all your ( t’s ). Just remember if there is money authorized for any government program, most of the money is spent on the administering of the program. And if you ever did get close to getting any monetary help, the government can and will change the program by just a vote and you will be left out in the cold. This is no different than eligible veterans trying to get help from the VA. Thirteen years ago, I needed help with a healthcare problem and they refused to do any thing except throw opiates at it. And today they want to get rid of all those who have become dependent on the opiates and send them out to non VA care. All because your politicians can gain votes for their next election.

  4. Robert Price    

    I would like to purchase land in P.a. . What help is there for that?

  5. James Lawson    

    I would like to offer support & encouragement to any and all who may be interested in farming. I obtained a degree in agriculture after d/c and returning from Vietnam. I learned the hard way that farming is capital intensive. To break into it now would require one or two million, unless you do something very specialized, like raising queen bees (Gus Rouse does this on Kona, but started with capital from his very wealthy grandfather and many years of experience). Another option, one I considered before I became totally disabled, would be to purchase forested land (its cheaper than good ag land), subdivide part of it to help pay for it, and start with something small, like a few acres of wine grapes, and expand as you are able. For most, this would require working F/T and gradually building an income from the farming venture. I grew up on a farm w/ horses, cows, pigs and chickens. Farming is hard, hard work. (Try putting up 2000 bales of hay each summer.) Banks know that the rosy bottom line many of us can come up w/ in a business plan is unlikely to come to fruition. The only people I know who are successful F/T farmers are ones who inherited their land. I’ve known a few hobby farmers, but that’s just it: they work F/T and farming is a hobby (a very expensive one). To be successful it requires a lot of knowledge, capital, creativity, patience and one hell of a work ethic.

  6. William Smith    

    I am going to start hydroponics farming here in Deport Texas in a town of less than 5000 people? What is the possibility that under this veteran farming program that I can receive this finchel help. What is the next step for me to do. Thank you

  7. Charles Richardson    

    We have 43 ACs in WV, need assistance in the following areas Maple syrup making, Alpacas (fleece), Bees (honey), and green plant sales. OH and the answer below (Solve problem) is a 3 number answer and the box only take 2 numbers. HMM

    1. Gary Hicks    

      It takes three numbers, but only displays that last two typed.

  8. Thomas Coleman    

    I hate to say this but its false hope for a DAV to get help these programs are for discharging vets that have contacts in service and in gov offices. If you don’t already have contacts then don’t expect any help or guidance. I’ve been trying for 4 years now with USDA, the farm bureau and other veteran organizations to start a totally pesticide-free farm for honeybees to help with bee shortages around the country and to make it totally self-sustaining to bring the cost back down to prices 25 years ago. All I’ve gotten is closed doors and everyone passing the buck to someone else saying they cant help. Could write a book or novel with all the politics and red tape tactics that these organizations do to not spend money so they can line their own pockets with taxpayer money.

  9. Robert S Higgins    

    I am a disabled Veteran. I have land to work with. I would like to do something with it. Most of it is in CRP. It will come out soon. My wife and I would like some input on how to get things started here for a working ranch.

    1. Robert S Higgins    

      This seems to be a lot like the pain management of the VA. I am being ignored maybe I will just go away. Why do sites like these feel they have to get the hopes of disabled veterans up just to let them down. We have had enough of that don’t you think.

  10. Tina Marie Hausen    

    We are very interested. please send information.

  11. Alexander Remrey    

    I just finished my Bachelors in Small Business Management this month through the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program and am very interested in starting my own Honey Bee Farm in the NW Florida area. Is that type of farm eligible for this program?

  12. James Pregler    

    I own 4 1/2 acres near cave creek az. Would like to start a winery, can I get funding for this?

  13. Abraham Marrero    

    I’ve land in Puerto Rico and live on it. I need help with machinery and other things I like to do.

    1. Ralph Menendez    

      I have 200 acres in upstate New York that I would like to get into a specialized type of farming sorry to be so vague but don’t want any copy cats. Can someone whom knows where I should start maybe send me a link that explains the procedures that would be greatly appreciated.
      Sincerely,
      RAM

  14. Joseph Lavimoniere    

    Hi,
    I would like more information on starting a ranch/farm with backing from VA.
    Thanks for your time.
    Joe

  15. Michelle    

    This program was not helpful to me. I got left holding the bag and needing to put my house up because the USDA told me a bunch of lies and just set me up for complete failure. I found this to be just a bunch of political propaganda. I didn’t get anything except being placed at risk of becoming homeless. Hope others can get the promises that are made here because I am an African American female veteran who was truely let down and left to die. When I contacted my Congress person, the USDA agency just flipped it to make it looked like I just didn’t want to turn in all the additional paperwork they came up with after I filed the complaint about how I was treated so that my concerns would be disregarded as not wanting to be cooperative. I still wound up planting and farming my crop but I had to sign my house over to do it. I didn’t get any support at all from the USDA and I fit the category. I am sure they will somehow figure out a way to justify it like they always do. This is not for every veteran. It is only for those who really can do it on thier own anyway. And they didnt really have anything specifically for Veterans. They are just trying to get Veteran into the farming game but they make the veterans compete with farmers who have been doing it for years and know the system. I was just blessed to lease from a wealthy farmer and his family reached out when they learned I had been let down when I was willing to put a lien on my home to continue my farming project. They need to be more clear on the criteria for Veterans and the expectations of the Veterans. It is not a save all for anyone except the government. It is so much work and so little return. The USDA is still discriminatory in is practices and is not trying to improve issues that have been going on for years. All they do is create loop holes to continue the social injustice in the farming industry that has been evident for years.

    1. David Weese    

      I am afraid that is what the government wants. Has been since 1958. It is a way to control the food like they do commerce and energy. No, the government has never been out to help the little guy The bigger a person gets in farming and the more subsidized they are the more government can control them, no matter what any department or politician of any kind says. Now, what makes me the expert. I work for them for 28 years.

  16. Jeffrey F. Schwartz    

    Hello,
    I live in Eastern North Carolina. My area is very rural and has lots farms as well as undeveloped land. How can I get into farming with no experience except for gardening ?

  17. keith mcbroom    

    really need assistance on USDA s urban agricultirural tool kit for project love coalition pittsburgh pa were just starting as the Veterans Group we are presently cleaning lots and clearing debris to begin planting vegetables and flowers for polonation on different sites

  18. Robert Everett Sudderth    

    Please direct me to the services available to me as I am starting Hemp farming and need help.

  19. Timothy Sharrett    

    I own a chicken farm in SC and need help to expand. Can you please help?

  20. MARCUS STOUT    

    I’m wanting information on how to apply for grants to get my honeybee business going. I currently have 7 hives and would like to get up t o 100 hives in a few years. Bees and equipment is very expensive and currently workijng part time and struggling to keep family feed and have anything.

  21. Daniel Arthur Beckman    

    Now thats the good stuff. Semper Fi

  22. RobbinSuzanne O'Connor    

    I am the disabled only child of my MasterSgt Army veteran of WW2, Dad died of old age before receiving his complete disability pension. I was left with nothing after supporting my parents financially. I love growing all kinds of plants and flowers and always wanted to have my own small professional greenhouse or small farm, only hiring disabled vets first. I now live in North Carolina and saw your article in my VA newsletter. My common law husband was a disabled vet who passed away in 2013, again leaving me with nothing. When I saw that caregivers and descendants might qualify for these farming programs, I wondered if my dream could finally come true? You give just enough info to tell me there is this available, but no matter what I click on, it doesn’t connect me to anything to apply to?
    Where do I go? How do I apply for consideration?
    Thanks so much,
    RobbinSuzanne O’Connor-Killian
    Common Law Wife of Major M.J. Killian
    Daughter of MasterSgt. John Docken O’Connor 1940-Dec.1944

  23. Rex L Allen    

    I am interested in starting a cat fish farm in rural Alabama. Are financial loans available for such an endeavor? Also, does an agricultural loan have to be strictly targeted for food or other agricultural loans available?

    Rex L Allen

  24. John Spoden    

    As a disabled veteran I have realized I have nothing coming. The sooner one figures this out the better. The VA has a budget, therefore they talk a good game, but in actuality NOTHING EVER HAPPENS.
    Don’t waste your time getting your hopes up chasing press releases like these, there is no free lunch. If a bank didn’t find your idea loan worthy, why would the USDA? Remember this, the federal government is in debt beyond repair, survives on your taxes, and needs to paint a pretty picture of achievement, so they don’t smell so bad. If they think what they do is work, obviously they have never worked for a living, try farming, it will wear you out.
    These press releases sell hope, where there is little, try to generate meaning, thru bureaucratic complexity and illusion, the end result, veteran suicide. When one veteran takes his own life, the system failed, or does it take 1000, 10,000, 50,000?
    I stand at attention, maintain my watch with the greatest of integrity, salute and respect my flag and those who perished for my freedoms, I will leave no brother behind. God bless veterans, Semper Fi.

    Mr. Trump could use a larger broom.

  25. Phillip Neubauer    

    I talked to my local FSA in central Minnesota, and they said that you already have to be a farmer for at least a year, have a full-time job, and be within a year of discharge in order to get help with starting or buying a farm. What kind of crap is that? And like anything else with the VA and the Military, if you don’t already know about it, or ask the exact direct question to someone who is authorized to tell you, you won’t ever know, until maybe 10 years after the fact.
    I was raised on a farm, won 2 state championships and over 50 county level championships in my 10 years of being in 4-H as a kid and teenager, already earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in Environmental Tech after I got back from the military. But because I didn’t move back into my parents’ house when I came back, and because I’m not an expert “red tape contortionist”, I will never get anything from this. Ever. These kinds of programs aren’t for people that actually need them. And the video testimonies on the USDA website of real veterans who got this assistance are probably just a bunch of paid actors, or one of the very few people that didn’t need the help that it was designed for. I think this is basically sensational marketing to try and help the banks get people applying for more loans.
    I think this site is just a waste of time for both the end users and the administrators who developed it and fills people with false hope.
    If I am wrong, then I warmly welcome you to please prove me wrong, and let me know how this actually helps anyone.

  26. Theodore Lozano Jr    

    I sent a message to the wrong person. I would like to start a ranching/ farming business down here in Texas can y’all point me in the right direction to get help please? Thank you very much. Also can you farm non gmo? And can you also ranch free range beef with this program?

    1. Tamika Faye Moore    

      *post* Is Cannibus considered a “Farm’?

    2. Angelia Jacobs    

      I would like to start farming as well. How do we get started?

  27. Herman Gonzalez    

    I have access, and will own 18 cuerdas (3909 square meters), in Lares, Puerto Rico. I’m interested in preparing the land for agriculture and/or cattle to sell to the local supermarkets and industries. Do these programs exist in Puerto Rico?

    v/r
    herman

  28. WilliamPorter    

    Great program. Love to see my fellow citizen soldiers being treated with dignity and respect for their and their family’s sacrifices.

  29. Larry Johnson    

    I am a small maple syrup producer in western NY. I am considering expanding. However maple syrup equipment can get quite pricey. Can the USDA program help with the costs ?

  30. Knox Brown    

    Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? The reality of it is that the USDA doesn’t offer anymore help to Vets than any other group. Commercial banks won’t touch agricultural loans because it’s so risky and capital intensive. Farm banks are the only real option and they’re disappearing fast. Most farmers I know lease equipment instead of buying it. Land taxes are so high they have to apply for ag exemptions. When I had to sell my family farm I was lucky enough to sell it to my cousin who farms and he was able to capitalize on it enough to start another generation. I wish you luck and keep trying. Start as a hobby until it takes all of your time.

    1. Jeremiah McCroskey    

      I have gotten no help from USDA. Furthermore after I contacted office in Batesville MS they had no idea about helping me complete any forms. VA Service Officer in Desoto County MS had no idea. I am and have been totally let down. Jeremiah McCroskey. I also know that this comment is falling on deaf ears and no one will read. I am a real American Vet who loves Farming.

  31. Rod Schultz    

    Thank you America and the VA. All of the programs and assistance are truly appreciated. I am a veteran (Army) and unfortunately a Gold Star family member. So any kindness/help extended to veterans is truly appreciated by me. Thanks again.(I will apologize for the veterans that get rude on occasion. I don’t think they understand how they are acting toward the people that are trying to help us.) Thanks again! -Rod

    1. Theodore Lozano Jr    

      Hello I’m Theodore I would like to start farming/ranching here in Texas. Can y’all please show me the way in order to to do so?

  32. keith wingad    

    Where do I begin? Who do I contact?

    1. robin chapman    

      C an you help me purchase a Tractor?

  33. Tanner Hudson    

    I would love more info for Mississippi. I think this could be an amazing program.

    1. Steven Gagnard    

      I got in the goat business about 4 years and the NRCS has helped me tremendously. They are GREAT. It is simple and they helped me thru the whole deal. Contact your local office on line or in person.

  34. Tony Fuentes    

    I used to grow papayas and roma tomatoes on maui hawaii and would like to do that again now that i am close to retirement can you help me with purchasing some agricultural land on maui or any other island in hawaii

  35. Simeon Lazaris    

    How about helping veterans get out of their APARTMENTS so we can have land to farm and grow NONgmo food ????? This 95% of the population living on 5% of the land is complete bs! This is OUR land not yours.

    1. Christian    

      Who is stopping you from buying this land you want?

    2. Philip Goodpaster    

      You sound like a commie.

  36. cary shinn    

    Please advise on forestry and land management programs.

    1. Steven Clipp    

      “Thanks for reading and your interest. Please visit the USDA at http://www.usda.gov or their Veterans Page at http://www.usda.gov/our-agency/initiatives/veterans. You can also call the USDA’s information line at (202)720-2791 or send them a letter:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
      Washington, DC 20250″

    2. Ernest J.Cismowski    

      I’m a widower now and have to sell over 250 acres of prime farm/wood land in central NY state( Jordanville, northwest of Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame). The land has not been farmed for 10 years (under contract with Nat’l Audubon Society and NYS Farm Bureau) and is ready for organic certification. The land is also amenable for nature trails/horseback and has great 360 degree views from the top (about 1600′ above sea level). Negotiable for non-developer, and would like to close by Nov.’19

      1. Paul H Bernier    

        First of all, is this property still available? If yes, how much does something like this cost. I’m a retired and disabled Marine veteran with 20 years of service. I live on MC pension, VA disability pension and SS disability pension. Not rich, nor do my wife and I go hungry. We currently own a house in May. Not the dream house. We would love to sell and settle down on land that would be conserved from development. 250 acre’s is more than we would need or could ever afford. We’re in our 60’s and both have disabilities that would keep us from farming. We want some acreage for hunting and hiking and getting away from it all. So all that said. does this land go as a whole, or could a portion of it be purchased? Sorry if this is a waste of your time. But as they say, nothing ventured… Thanks Paul

      2. Yung kwon    

        I would like to learn more about this land for sale.

  37. Brian Simmons    

    I will be retiring in a couple of years from the Army and would like to buy a farm in Puerto Rico can you help

    1. Steven Clipp    

      Thanks for your service Brian. This is the USDA web page specific to Puerto Rico: https://www.rd.usda.gov/pr
      It has a lot of good info and contact numbers. Thanks for reading.

    2. Yung kwon    

      I would like to know more info on this land for sale.

  38. tony    

    I was looking to buy property for managing an woodland. Do these forestry programs fall into this lane?

    1. Steven Clipp    

      Great question Tony. The USDA has a cool feature on their website called “Ask the Expert” https://www.usda.gov/ask-expert
      That might be a good place to get accurate answers to all of your questions. Thanks.

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  39. melvin buck sr    

    wkere wer you when i was young

  40. Fillomer Edra    

    I always wanted to have a farmland to start off small IA Carpenter by trade and have a degree in applied trades. I live at Hawaii, northern side of Oahu I grew up watching the plantations grow pineapples. I always loved growing vegetables, flowers, applied myself growing grass on my yard and my neighbors yard cause he been ill and he asked me to watch and take care my property. I have been complemented from people in my neighborhood a lot that including my vegetables in my yard. The only thing is I di want to fail I pretty much no the soils composition and act on on it. This is just some experience I’m willing to learn and I really love growing plants, but I have bad knees and can’t ouch to hard I am a veteran my disability is my right risk. Thank you for listening

  41. James Cooper    

    I would like to know if there is anything available for tree farming. I live in North Fl. & have had past experience in Farming. I am a retired Vet., and wish to supplement my retirement with a tree farm. I currently have 25 acres of land and wish to double it with different types of trees and maybe small solar operation as well. Thanks, Jim

    1. David F    

      Hello, my new friend,

      I am in the process of buying 20 acres in Northern Florida for a 2-3 acre homestead and the rest I will turn into a tree farm. I have also considered buying an additional lot of 25 acres for strictly a tree farm. So I am VERY INTERESTED in your question. And more importantly the answer from the VA and from the USDA & Dept of Forestry. Please keep me informed. Thanks.

      GOD Bless

      David F.

  42. Gerald Hartman    

    I’m wondering if this (assistance) may include livestock and even bee-keeping.

  43. Blake Dunnington    

    I like to stat a Sheep Ranch her in Oregon But the banks will not do that unless U have about
    $100.000.000 in the bank then they will lone your own money back don’t make Cents.
    there are a lot of Old ranch for sale they been out of use for a long time many for hunting ranch
    don’t do any thing for the commerce of the area. I would run Sheep but need the money to by the
    land and the Sheep. The Sheep will pay back the fist yr for the Sheep.You see the sheep has 3 crops
    1 the Wool 2. one lame 3. 2 lame most of the time give you 2 lames . You see Cattle will eat one or 2
    kines grass but the sheep will eat the weeds and goats also if I can get funding yous Elk,Deer, wild life
    live to gather loin, Bare, Deer and Elk, wolf , you have be on top of it.Now the USFS they do not want you on there ground it is for wild life it use to be large Bands room the forest it keep the Noxious Weed Profiles down wild life will not eat Noxious Weed Profiles but SHEEP AND GOATS WILL
    REDUCING FIRE on the Forest you have to fight the USFS for range allotment for Sheep there is
    million acre to be Clean up and help stop WILD FIRES but no help from the Feds it sad.

  44. Stephen Sumpter    

    I have been contacting my local USDA offices and I’m not getting really good results at all on this. Don’t know how to apply. Don’t have any idea how the grant works. Can you please explain more about all the details of the program instead of just so vague stuff? Thanks.

  45. Tim Van Der Zee    

    I’ve tried in the past to talk to usda office when living in Wyoming (Utah currently) and I have always gotten an answer of “there really aren’t programs for new ranches”. Is there a number for an office or contact that knows what these programs are and how to utilize them?

  46. Abrahan    

    I just recieved this email today. I would love to get information on loans or grants for a CNG shop.

  47. Jacob Giezentanner    

    I asked the local offices here and no one knew anything about them. Been that way every time I have asked them in every local office.

  48. Edwin Wilkerson    

    After I bought my farm and went to VA to borrow to build my house, I was told VA wouldn’t loan me the money to build my home. I was told because I already owned the land I was ineligible to borrow from VA. Served 39 years, Iraq War vet and couldn’t get financing from VA. Thanks for your service, VA is not for you.

  49. Christopher Jackson    

    Good Evening,
    I am transitioning/retiring from the Army after 20 years of service in the next few months and interested in the farming. I would like to be mentored in owning and operating a farm. I am currently stationed in Washington State and have considered relocating to Texas.
    If I can be placed in with a mentorship program that will guide me and on how veterans can one and operate agricultural farming I will certainly appreciate.
    Sincerely,
    Chris Jackson

  50. Kenneth J Morford    

    This is great! I want to definitely look into this.

  51. marc franc    

    I want to by a small plot of land and raise Wagu cows. Who do I need to contact for this

  52. Katy Palihan    

    I’m a widow of a veteran. I want to live in my 7 acres farm with an existing barn.
    I need a loan to build a starter home and to start raising goats. Can somebody
    from the veterans office or USDA advice me on this.
    Your kind attention is greatly appreciated.

  53. Paul VanWasshenova    

    I want to purchase the farm next door to me and start farming it along with upgrading my property and start raising beef cattle. I already have 11.89 acres and chickens, Turkey. Working in a factory has been a miserable experience so far. Please help.

  54. Rafael Graciacampillo    

    I am interested on apiculture. Does this program cover this field?

  55. Harold Taylor    

    I own 3 acres in rural Idaho are there grants available to help me bring irrigation water to the acreage? I am a Vietnam veteran

  56. Samuel Davis    

    Bill Ashton,

    You claim that the USDA is here to help Veterans obtain loans needed to start a ranch or a farm but from my personal experience with two different USDA offices; USDA isn’t helping. I have been denied twice now. Its clear to me that the USDA is all talk. I have not received any true support from the USDA. Both times, I dropped off all the paperwork needed as requested and then two months later when someone finally looks at the paperwork they decide to denied me. I have lost out of two great opportunities because the USDA doesn’t truly support Veterans.

    1. Alton Roberson Jr.    

      Aloha Bill Ashton,

      I’m residing in Hawaii at present a Vietnam Veteran it’s my dream to develop my nearly 70 acres of land in Marshall Texas. I believe that this may be the miracle I’ve been praying and asking God for. I’m truly hoping that someone would be able to contact me a 101st Airborne division soldier for assistance in this urgent matter. Veterans are the answer to making and keeping America Great again! Thank you

  57. Vincent Hall    

    Can I please have more information sent via usps please.

  58. Brent Richey    

    I am a disabled navy vet with PTSD . Is there any special Grant’s for veterans who cut , tedder , rake and bale hay. I am in need of new or newer hay equipment ? Haying is a huge relief and therapy for me. I am by myself mostly when I am out in the field and am not bothered by people. It allows me to get outdoors and not be suffocated or engaged by other people. Thank you for any help you can give me.

    Brent Richey

    1. Phil Connor    

      Working in the same direction in NE KS. Would like to share info w you. Phil Connor VeteransofKS 913-704-9963.

  59. Nicholas Richards    

    This is complete bull they don’t offer any of this I’ve been trying to get this to build an Equine Therapy Ranch for Veterans and Autistic Children. I know you guys just want to look good in the public eye. Because I know from personal experience and from seeing other veterans suffer that you guys are just like the news and people only see what you want them to. If you guys would actually do half of what you say I know there wouldn’t be as many veterans killing themselves as there are each day. Yes all the 1% say we support are veterans and yet disrespect fallen soldiers on a daily basis.

  60. Jay Sanders    

    I would like to build my blacksmithing business and to instruct the art from my shop. I would also like to raise a fee head of cattle, chickens, hogs, and a large garden. I want to raise my children in a farming lifestyle so that they support there selves and there family’s as well as knowing the old art of self reliance.

  61. Hugh Jones    

    I’m still looking for some type of Job from the VA or the USDA

  62. Kenneth A. Scott    

    I’m a new bee farmer looking for help expanding my business. I need help in purchasing larger equipment for my bees. I’m a navy veteran who is new at this.

    1. Glenn M    

      I have been considering bee farming for a few years. My wife’s father farmed bees and sold the honey for extra income. Can you point me to any reliable bee farming guides? Thanks!

  63. Melvin Afams    

    I was looking into moving back home and grow/ raise chickens with Perdue or another company. When I was looking for property that had houses already built and ready to grow. How much money can I apply for with the VA. Most places that have a home and chickens houses are 500,000 and up.

  64. edgardo garcia    

    this is a heavenly program, Im 100% service connected with years of helping farmers all over the world, to set agriculture programs since my peace corps years 40 years ago, since them all my work has been in setting programs with private companies in sustainable agriculture. I was looking for an opportunity to get my own farm but found difficult to get loans, But with this program, I could made it possible and also help other veterans to do the same and teach them as well… tomorrow I will go to the nearest USDA-rural development office in Caguas, Puerto Rico to see if they can help me. thanks for the initiative…

  65. Matthew Michael Reichenberger    

    I am Cranberry grower in WA state with a 100% service connected disability. I have 22 acres of bog and will be taking over my Grandfather’s acerage (another 30+) from my uncle post harvest this year. I have a few projects that should be done. Is there a VA representative in WA familiar with agricultural programs?

  66. Michael john Andrick    

    I grew up on a farm and its the one thing I wish I could get back into

  67. William karl fowler    

    I have the largest residential grid in the USA and I need additional funding to grow up nursery through the primary use of solar. I can get better rates and rebates through our electric company if myfarm is zoned ag instead of .r5. I need capital to approach the rezoning through a zoning and planning company. I am a disabled veteran 1968/74. Please guide thro the process for veteran funding. Thank you, William Fowler

  68. Byron Stephen Ater    

    Is this also available to Disabled veterans? I am looking at purchasing another piece of property to bring in appaloosa horses to Florida and breed them.

  69. Jason Smith    

    What good do these programs do when you have to show income for a minimum of two years before you can apply for these programs such as loans or grants. So your statement of a US service member coming home and wanting to do these things will be sadly disappointed when they find out what the real regulations are. I called my local offices and I were shut down before I could even tell them my business plan. Now as of November 2018 I no longer qualify for veteran farmer.

  70. Edna Thomas    

    I am asking because I am highly interested in growing Sugarcane and Microgreens for business
    Thank You!

  71. Frank Gomez    

    This is an awesome opportunity! I would love to get into agriculture and livestock, work for myself, and with fellow Vets. I will definitely look more into this program. Thanks for the heads-up!!!

    Yut!!!

  72. michael ferrendelli    

    How does a man go about qualifying for an agricultural loan? How much land do you have to own to start? I’m an U S Army veteran and interested in this type of opportunity? Who do I contact to see what this in tails? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely Mike

  73. Edna Thomas    

    1. Is there an age requirement/restriction
    2. Is the financial assistance only the GI Bill to purchase land / house or are there additional funding available?
    3. Is it available in all 50 states?
    4. If we desire to purchase land in Hawaii would you assist in shipping household items including vehicles?
    5. Is there a minimum program requirement on how much we would be required to grow or
    6. What crops we would be required to grow??

  74. Michael Benoit    

    I have started an organic farm
    I’m a vet retired on social security
    Got a good start so far but need a little more financial assistance!
    Would love more info
    Need help with soil and good healthy crop seeds

    MJBenoit

  75. Jackie Chandler Chandler    

    This is new to me about farming

  76. Sean Britt    

    Can a Veteran receive a loan for a farm to raise cows, chickens, goats and pigs? I live in Iowa and would love to own a farm

  77. Rafael SantiagoVelez    

    As a Vet, Can de get help (loan) yo make a Restaurant?

  78. James Leffel    

    The Homegrown by Heroes logo is owned by the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Yet, your article says nothing about Farmer Veteran Coalition. If you are a veteran farmer, I highly recommend you look into FVC at farmvetco.org.

  79. RICHARD R MARTIN    

    I was raised in rural Wyoming (Powell) on an 80 acre farm. Mom started a coffee shop (Coffee Cup Cafe) when I was almost school age. I grew up in Powell, as an avid outdoor’s man working on farm and oil field jobs.
    I am a combat veteran of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division. I served in Co. B, 4/47th Infantry in 1966 through 1967.
    In 1992 I came home, to live in Powell, with my best ever friend. We owned a road construction company for a few years, and she started a beauty shop downtown, Little Luxuries. (The Phu Phu Palace!).
    The construction company closed during the financial collapse of the early 2000’s. Her business keep us afloat as I was looking for my next venture.
    I decided to plow up some pasture and try out a garden. I plowed up one acre, and within a few years I was planting over 100 different varieties of plants in that acre. WOW! More fun than a Barrel of Monkies, and I was making enough to pay the property bills! The Straw Igloo is a Powell Institution, not as much as Mom’s Coffee Cup Cafe or Marcia’s Little Luxuries, but I loved it! (I added a fisherman sideline that was not always paying it’s way. minnow sales were never profitable, and I’m good with calculating sales stuff. I hate to say it, but fisherman aren’t as honorable as they could be.)
    I’m proud of what we have accomplished, and welcome any ways I could help fellow Veterans.
    Health issues have scaled back my

  80. Raphael Juniel    

    Do you already have to be farming or can you be a new start. Just inherited land that I would like to use for farming.

  81. Jay Morgan mills    

    I am interested in growing industrial hemp how can I get help to get started with this
    Thank You
    Jay mills SDVBE

  82. Mike Holt    

    Tell me how a disabled vet 100% can get a small farm?

  83. Matthew James Payne    

    How can anyone condone the financial risks of being a farmer right now?

  84. Bill Ashton    

    Samuel, go to http://www.farmers.gov and click connect. You will find your local USDA office, contact them. You may want to talk to the Farm Service Agency or Rural Development personnel who can help you. Thank you for your service.

    Bill Ashton
    USDA Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison

    1. Sean Tonner    

      I am a Combat Veteran own a 1,500 acre Hemp farm in Colorado. Do you know if loan program for equipment apply’s to dryers for Hemp now that the Farm Bill Legalized it nationwide? In the past trying to secure VA funding for anything was only easy below $150k. Above $150k it goes to private lenders who want 100% collateralize is a pain and takes month’s. Usually easier and better rates to just go to a bank or private capital raises which is what I did. Have they streamlined the process for Veterans recently?

      1. Chip Cumm    

        Mr. Tonner; I too am a retired Vet in Colorado on the Arkansas River, interested in hemp farming. Thanks, Chip

      2. Michelle    

        Hello,

        I am a veteran Hemp farmer in Indiana. They are supposed to offer support for 2020 Hemp farmers but they denied me this year because Mr. Cobb sent a memo refusing us to get the funding through the USDA. But if you have a license it is possible to find a bank if you State has approved Hemp farming activities. Look to your State Chemists for help. I also know a company who you can contract with and will get you your fist set of seeds with no charge upfront if you want to do fiber crop. Send me an email if you are interested because they also have a way that you can grow under their credentials. They grow all over the world but are out of Kentucky. I will be happy to share my experience to help any Veteran. Can also send pictures of our progress. I love the Hemp farming even though the USDA did not help me. I was blessed with a lot of interested community farmers who joined with me in exploring this amazing industry. My advice farm for fiber and not CBD unless you have at least $150,000 to pump into operations and labor alone. Fiber is much less and not as a labor intensive.

        1. Marquis Williams    

          Michelle,
          I’ve been trying to contact you for days. Please send information to how you can be reached.

    2. Stephen Sumpter    

      I have been trying to contact my local USDA offices and haven’t got much help besides just really vauge information. Can you please explain more on how to apply? More on how the program works? Thanks.

      1. Michelle    

        Hey, I’m a veteran Hemp Farmer in Indiana. I would love to help. Let me know if you are interested by sending me an email. I have pictures of my crops progress and license. Would love to share.

  85. Samuel A Maynard    

    i want to build a solar farm to produce power for grid and self. who do i need to talk to to do this? i am a vet and have an oregon state electrician lisence and degrees in electronics and can do it if i have the backing.

    1. Jacqueline Burow    

      Thank you for shedding light on these valuable programs. There are so many programs out there to support Veterans and their families and they often go underutilized simply due to a lack of awareness. I will share this information with my circle.

      1. Anthony Canington    

        I would like to buy an existing hydroponic farm or start a new hydroponic farm. How do I find out about loans or grants? I am a DAV.

    2. Michael Montgomery    

      Brother, you can do it without government backing/interference. You have the skills. Locate the resources. Check with your State DOT for solar panels that have been taken out of service. Some locations will give them away or have auctions for such items.

    3. Gerald Hartman    

      Hey brother,
      Have you heard back yet on your question here? I’m interested in doing a microhydro unit and wanted to use it as an educational device for veterans visiting my mountain home in Pennsylvania.
      Take care,
      Gerald

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