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USDA Helps Military Veterans Learn Skills for Ag Careers
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced a new grant opportunity to help military veterans pursue farming and ranching careers.


Source: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Media contact: Selina Meiners, 202-734-9376

USDA Helps Military Veterans Learn Skills for Farming and Ranching Careers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced a new grant opportunity to help military veterans pursue farming and ranching careers. Funding is made through NIFA’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program (AgVets).

AgVets seeks to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on, and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans. These projects will offer onsite, hands-on training and classroom education leading to a comprehensive understanding of successful farm and ranch operations and management practices. Projects may also offer workforce readiness and employment prospects for service-disabled veterans.

The available funding for AgVets grants in FY18 is approximately $4.7 million. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit entities.

The letter of intent deadline is Jan. 11, 2018. The application deadline is Feb. 8, 2018. See the request for applications​ for details.