Veterans interested in farming can get help from MU Extension

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension and the AgrAbility Project are reaching out to returning veterans who have an interest in farming.

Karen Funkenbusch, MU Extension safety specialist, said the second in a series of meetings aimed at helping veterans get into farming will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Hampton Inn in St. Robert, Missouri.

Veterans will be learn about the program, hear from local farmers and take virtual farm tours at the meeting.

The Veteran Farmers Project provides business and agriculture education to veterans to help them become successful farmers. By creating sound farm businesses that tap into high-value markets, returning veterans can reintegrate into America's rural communities, Funkenbusch said.

Resource providers include the USDA Farm Service Agency, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop, the Missouri AgrAbility Project, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, MU Extension, the Center for Rural Affairs and Sustainable Ozarks Partnership.

More information is available at http://www.facebook.com/SustainableOzarks and http://www.cfra.org/veteran_farmers_project, or from Ron Selfors atronselfors@gmail.com or 573-855-8312. The North Central Risk Management Education Center provides funding.