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Agricultural Conference Scholarships for Veterans

Limited scholarships are available for military veterans in the Southeastern U.S. who would like to attend agricultural conferences.

Appalachian State University’s Frontline to Farm program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to offer the veteran scholarships. NCAT will award scholarships of up to $250 for military veterans who want to learn about sustainable livestock production and farm business at an agricultural conference.

Scholarships will cover registration costs, up to $250, for the following conferences:

Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis.

Please note:

Veterans in the Southeastern U.S. who are raising livestock will receive priority.

Veterans who receive a scholarship will be responsible for their own conference registration.

Recipients must submit a conference registration receipt in order to be reimbursed.

For more information on the scholarships, contact Margo Hale at margoh@ncat.org.

Armed to Farm – Missouri

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is teaming up with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture’s Veterans Urban Farm program and University of Missouri Extension to bring NCAT’s Armed to Farm training to Missouri for the first time.

Armed to Farm allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore career opportunities in agriculture. At Armed to Farm, participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, USDA programs, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. In addition, Armed to Farm attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

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. Speakers will include staff from USDA agencies, University of Missouri Extension, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Farmer Veteran Coalition, and University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry. Experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.

Applications are available HERE and are due by February 24, 2023.

This training is for veterans in the Midwest, with preference given to those in Missouri. The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by March 3. A spouse or farm partner is welcome to attend with a veteran but must submit a separate application.

Dates, Location, and Cost

Armed to Farm will take place April 10-14 in Columbia, Missouri. 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 scholarships are available through a partnership with Ranchin’ Vets.

Sponsors

NCAT, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, and University of Missouri Extension are partnering to host this Armed to Farm event. This work is supported by NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program.

Questions?

Please contact Margo Hale at margoh@ncat.org or 479-442-9824.

Armed to Farm – Idaho

NCAT is teaming up with the University of Idaho Cooperative Extension Service and Idaho Farmer Veteran Coalition to bring NCAT’s Armed to Farm training to Idaho for the first time. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training can apply online now.

Armed to Farm allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore career opportunities in agriculture. At Armed to Farm, participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, USDA programs, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. In addition, Armed to Farm attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

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. Speakers will include staff from USDA agencies and University of Idaho Extension. Experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.

Applications are available HERE and are due by March 17.

This training is for veterans in the Northwest, with preference given to those in Idaho. The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by March 24. A spouse or farm partner is welcome to attend with a veteran but must submit a separate application.

Dates, Location, and Cost

Armed to Farm will take place April 24-28 at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center in Sandpoint, Idaho. 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 scholarships are available through a partnership with Ranchin’ Vets.

Sponsors

NCAT and the University of Idaho Extension are partnering to host this Armed to Farm event. This work is supported by USDA NIFA’s AgVets program.

Questions?

Please contact Tammy Howard at tammyh@ncat.org or 406-494-8683.

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