Returning Iowa Veterans: Getting Armed to Farm

Returning Iowa Veterans: Getting Armed to Farm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Homegrown By Heroes initiative allows all American farmers and ranchers who have or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military the ability to use the logo on their agricultural products. Photo credit: USDA photo by Tom Witham.

Des Moines, IA – A big weekend is approaching for veterans across the region who are ready to take their boots from the battle fields to the farm fields. The Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans aims to connect vets and service members considering a career in agriculture with information and resources on everything from land access to food safety. Matt Russell is with the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University.

The farmer veterans conference will be held this Friday and Saturday at Drake University in Des Moines, and will include a tour of a diverse farm operation.

More than 40-percent of military members come from farms and small towns, so Ed Cox with the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa says it’s also a vital for rural development to help veterans put down roots and grow a career in agriculture.


Cox also notes that some returning veterans are looking for a continued sense of service and purpose, and with farming, they can get that by helping to feed their communities and their country.

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