Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans
The ServiceMember Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) – Farming for the Future program in Manhattan, Kansas, is developing a 320-acre diversified regional training center. The center includes 20-acre plots of cereal crops, soybeans, and alfalfa, 15 acres of orchards, a commercial honey-harvesting apiary, and pasture for ruminants, hogs, poultry, and horses. SAVE’s goal for the three-year grant is to train 170 transitioning service members or veterans in maintaining cropland, rangeland, and livestock; assist in the transition for current members of the service and current veterans; and expand SAVE’s current apprenticeship program to additional regional locations.
NIFA supports this research through the Beginning Farmer and Ranch Program.
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