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Farmer Vet Coalition of Mich. Offers Soil Health Workshop
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Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan to Award Combat Veteran with Farm Truck at Soil Health Workshop

A Michigan veterans’ organization and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are offering a free soil health workshop to military veterans, active duty personnel and their families. 

Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan a state-wide nonprofit serving military veterans working in the agricultural industry, is celebrating the 2016 farming season with a Soil Health Workshop at the USDA Plant Materials Center in East Lansing, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 15. The workshop offers attendees the opportunity to learn about the science and management behind good soil health, which is the first step in any successful and sustainable farming operation. 

The workshop will feature live demonstrations and education sessions given by soil health experts from USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, MSU Extension, the Shiawassee Conservation District, and the Michigan Agriculture and Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). 

“Soil health is essential to any agricultural operation. We are pleased to help offer this workshop to our military veterans and service members,” said USDA State Conservationist Garry Lee. 

Following the education sessions, attendees will be advised on how to utilize federal, state, and nonprofit grants and programs to incorporate conservation practices learned at the workshop on their farms. 

The day will culminate with the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan awarding a Post 9-11 combat veteran with a reconditioned farm truck donated by Peterson Farms Inc. of Shelby. “The generosity of Peterson Farms illustrates their commitment to the success of Michigan’s farmer veteran community and will have an incredible impact on the life and production capacity of a farmer veteran,” said Executive Director Adam Ingrao. Those interested in applying to win the truck can access the application through June 27, at http://goo.gl/forms/gf7FMweUpp.

Preregistration is required to attend, online registration can be completed at http://goo.gl/forms/apumkb1iBD. Individuals interested in learning more about the workshop or how they can get involved with the Farmer Veteran Coalition can reach Executive Director Adam Ingrao, at (951) 237-5311 and ajingrao79@gmail.com, or the organization President, Dylan Thomas, at (517) 898-2381 and twopinesfarm@gmail.com. 

You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/farmvetcoMI​. Veterans can sign up for a free membership to the Farmer Veteran Coalition online at www.farmvetco.org.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Brian Buehler at (517) 324-5244 or by e-mail at brian.buehler@mi.usda.gov by July 1.