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Veterans in Agriculture, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Microloan are partnering to develop and offer integrated resources for apprenticeships, including on-the-job training and required technical instruction, mentorship and facilitated workshops for veterans.

The “Connecting Veterans to Agri-Food System Opportunities” (AgVets) program from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture builds on an existing national program for veterans who wish to explore careers in production agriculture and agri-food system supply chain businesses.

Activities will be designed to increase awareness about agriculture and agri-food supply chain career pathways for veterans returning to civilian life, including successful transitions. This grant allows for a broad range of multi-faceted learning opportunities, so each veteran can choose from career pathways in local food production, commercial agriculture or food systems industry.

Two registered apprenticeships, workshops and educational offerings will be available throughout the grant cycle. Each of the three career pathways will incorporate facilitated course instruction with curricula, resources and mentorship. One-on-one assistance will enhance each veteran’s ability to confirm unique business aspects such as financial management, whole farm and succession planning and business plan development.

As part of the program development, grant partners are holding listening sessions in April for the following audiences:
Veterans and Beginning Farmers (potential mentees): Thursday, April 22, 1-2 p.m. Program overview and registered apprenticeship opportunities. Register at https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkcOiuqDMiEtzNsyNnHVSkBfn4YxL….
Farmers and Food Businesses (potential mentors): Monday, April 19, 1-2 p.m. Program overview and mentorship opportunities. Register at https://iastate.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7d00f090fae7e037cf5cc….
Community College Representatives (connecting veterans to apprenticeships): Monday, April 19, 9-10 a.m. Program and apprenticeship overview. Register at https://iastate.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7d00f090fae7e037cf5cc….

For more information about the grant or the webinars contact Beth Grabau, executive director of Iowa Veterans in Agriculture, at beth@veteransinagriculture.org. More information is also available on the ISU Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development website https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ffed/.



Nebraska Farm Bureau is pushing the Biden administration for answers regarding how the president will implement a Jan. 27, 2021 executive order setting a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030 (30×30). The 30×30 order contained few details, in turn raising numerous questions and concerns from farmers, ranchers, and other landowners. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue detailed Farm Bureau member concerns and urged the administration to provide clarity in an April 5 letter to the president.

“Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers remain committed to caring for our environment and utilizing science-based conservation practices. If the administration plans to implement 30×30 by placing additional limits on what farm and ranch families can do with their property, we stand ready to stop it,” said McHargue.

The purchase and expansion of public lands by the government, the use of conservation easements to restrict land use in perpetuity, and the expansion of federal control over private property were among the concerns McHargue detailed in the letter on behalf of Nebraska Farm Bureau members. Concerns about the lack of details in the executive order were only further fueled by the inability or unwillingness of new U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to answer questions about the 30×30 proposal during her confirmation hearing.

“Farm Bureau has a long and distinct history of supporting private property rights and opposing expansion of federal government reach over our nation’s farms and ranches. Healthy land, air, and water are the lifeblood of our rural communities. Nebraska farmers and ranchers work hard to preserve our natural resources for future generations. It’s imperative the administration not only provide clarity as to how they plan to move forward, but it’s vital they make sure that those who will be impacted have a seat at the table to voice what will and won’t work,” said McHargue.

Visit www.nefb.org/action-alert to urge the president to provide clarity on 30×30.