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Application Period Open for Armed to Farm in Iowa

NCAT is teaming up with Practical Farmers of Iowa to host an Armed to Farm training in Cedar Rapids. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training can apply now.

About Armed to Farm

Armed to Farm trainings include an engaging blend of farm tours, hands-on activities, and interactive classroom instruction. NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialists will lead the training sessions. Additional contributors will include staff from USDA agencies and experienced crop and livestock producers.

This training is for veterans in the Midwest region, with priority given to Iowa residents. The number of participants will be limited. One spouse or farm partner is welcome to attend with a veteran but must submit a separate application.

Applications are available HERE.

Dates, Location, and Cost

Armed to Farm will take place July 29-August 2 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Participants will attend classroom sessions and travel to local farms for hands-on learning experiences.

The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging, transportation to local farms, and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event, but travel reimbursements are available through a partnership with Ranchin’ Vets. Information on travel reimbursements will be provided upon acceptance to the training.


NCAT and Practical Farmers of Iowa have partnered to host this Armed to Farm. This training is supported by USDA NIFA’s AgVets program.


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