Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund

https://www.farmvetco.org/2019/01/17/2019-fellowship/

The Farmer Veteran Coalition has an exciting grant program that will be open for five weeks beginning February 1st, 2019 at 8 a.m. PST and closes on March 8th, 2019 at 5 p.m. PST.

What is in it for you?

The grant program will provide veterans with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to make purchases to help with launching of their farm business.

What do you need to do?

  1. Go to the link posted on the Fellowship Fund page at www.farmvetco.org/fvfellowship. between February 1st and March 8th, 2019.
  2. Complete the application. (The application consists of both short answer and essay questions and requires veterans to submit a business plan.)
  3. Submit Application.
  4. Wait for the award announcements in April.

Webinar

A webinar to review the application followed by a Q&A session will be held Wednesday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. PST. Registration is limited to the first 500 participants, but a recording will be posted to the Fellowship web page after it’s completed. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8095158054240674827.

Have any questions?

For eligibility and requirements, visit www.farmvetco.org/fvfellowship.

View a list of frequently asked questions by visiting www.farmvetco.org/fellowship/faq.

If you have any further questions you can call the Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258 or visit www.farmerandrancher.org.

To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.farmanswers.org, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and www.usda.gov/newfarmers

Beginning Farmers and Veterans

Because yesterday was Memorial Day, it is appropriate to discuss unique programs for veterans who are also beginning farmers.  If you are interested in the types of programs starting across the country, the National Young Farmers’ Coalition has a good overview.

In Nebraska, The Center for Rural Affairs spearheads the Veteran Farmers Project.  The Veteran Farmers Project provides training on farming topics and financing, individual consultants, and a HelpLine.

There is also the Farmer Veteran Coalition which lists various veteran farms and employment opportunities.  It also has an equipment donation program for farmers in Iowa.

And remember our conversation about the Farm Service Agency’s new microloans?  Microloans are also available to veterans.  Keep in mind that the Small Business Association also provides microloans up to $50,000 through non-profit intermediaries.  The SBA loans are similar to the FSA loans — you may purchase equipment or machinery, provide working capital, purchase inventory or supplies, and/or furniture and fixtures.  Of note, the microloan from the SBA cannot be used to purchase real estate. A listing of participating intermediaries by state is here.

Don’t forget, in Nebraska and South Dakota, Legal Aid of Nebraska can provide assistance to veterans who are also beginning farmers.  We’re happy to help so feel free to contact us at any time!