BFRDP Projects

Armed to Farm: Soldiering the Success of Military Veterans in New Poultry, Livestock and Agroforestry Enterprises
[Final Report]

Award Amount: $749,720
Grant Program: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Dan Donoghue
Organization: University of Arkansas


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Project Overview

Farming offers a viable avenue for returning veterans to transition into society and capitalizes on skills that made them successful in the military. However, these opportunities may be missed due to lack of targeted training programs, guidance and information. We assembled a team with expertise in teaching conventional and alternative agriculture, hands-on training, economics, research and networking resources targeted to veteran farmers focused on poultry, small ruminants and agroforestry production. Through our previous BFRDP project, our team has supported hundreds of veterans through workshops, internships, research and training opportunities yet there continues to be a critical need to train and support this population of new farmers. Our objectives  were to: 1) Enhance existing course and add training modules to our New Farmer Online Training Program; 2) Provide experiential opportunities including Armed to Farm Workshops and training, on-farm demonstration and internship programs; and 3) Develop and expand on custom networking and mentoring systems to effectively support a new generation of farmers.  This project will targeted military veterans and minority farmers (women, African-American and Latino farmers). Residents of the South have traditionally comprised a disproportionate share of military personnel and many of them come from agricultural backgrounds and would return to their agricultural roots if given the opportunity. This dynamic program created specific training opportunities and networking systems for these and other populations of new and beginning farmers and ranchers. We served over 500 farmers face-to-face and thousands through online education over the lifespan of this grant.

Number of Participants: 548


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