How to Find Financial Programs for Veteran Farmers

FBN Network

Jul 04, 2024

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There are many resources available to military veterans interested in learning about farm programs. Whether you’re just getting started and want to upskill through an educational veteran farmer program or are already an established farmer or rancher looking to grow your ag operation through farming grants for veterans or USDA veteran farm loans, we've curated a list of resources and farming programs for veterans to help you strategize your next steps. 

In this blog, we’ll cover:

Financial Resources

Veteran farm grants and veteran farm loans can help beginning farmers as well as those seeking to make improvements to their facilities or expand their current ag operations. Veteran agriculture grants are one way the U.S. government helps support military veterans. Farm loans for veterans can also help farmers purchase land and ag equipment. 

Here are some financial resources, loans, and farm grants for veterans:

FBN® offers funding solutions to qualified applicants, including land loans, equipment loans, and operating lines

Educational and Training Resources

The average age of a farmer in the United States is about 57 years old, according to Fortune, and the USDA anticipates that, as a result of farmers aging out of the workforce, there is a need for about 115,700 positions in agriculture to be filled each year. There are several paths veterans can take to gain education, training, and mentorship for pursuing a career in agriculture.

The USDA, its numerous partners, and independent channels offer agricultural education and programs to help veterans expand their ag knowledge. These include:

Business Planning Resources

Ag operational management, among other responsibilities, includes purchasing farmland, hiring and managing workers, maintaining equipment, marketing grain, and building a farm budget. We offer a wide range of free guides and resources to help veterans make informed business decisions in those areas.

Financial and business planning courses can help military veteran farmers establish and maintain successful farming or ranching businesses. There are veteran farming programs as well as resources that are applicable to veterans but serve the community at large. These include:

Join FBN for Free to Get Access to More Resources

Become part of something bigger by joining FBN’s online community of 75,000+ members. With your free membership, you gain access to ag chem price transparency insights and our Chem Price Intelligence Tool, agronomic support from our team of certified agronomists, invitations to community events, and digital systems like AcreVisionSM that help you assess whether parcels of land are a good fit for your ag operation. 

You can also post questions, purchase used equipment, and get pest alerts through our forum, where our online farmer community interacts.

FBN started as an idea among a group of farmers who wanted to create a better system — to make ag more fair, more transparent, and more successful for farmers by arming them with the best information and market access possible,” explains Charles Baron, FBN co-founder.

Today, we continue to put Farmers First® and are on a mission to power the prosperity of family farmers. From all of us at FBN, thank you for your service. We invite you to join our community. 

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Jul 04, 2024

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