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Veteran Scholarships

By Dean Koyanagi / July 17, 2019

Scholarships for Educational Workshops and Online Courses Farm OPS strives to provide access to resources and training events for veterans pursuing careers in agriculture in New York State. With funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, we currently are offering scholarships to veterans and active duty military personnel who attend educational…

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Events Series for Veterans in Agriculture

By Dean Koyanagi / July 15, 2019

Events Series for Veterans in Agriculture Farm OPS is pleased to announce that we will be providing a series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Opportunities include two week-long intensives that cover a wide range of agricultural enterprises, single-day focused classes, as well as connecting participating veterans to additional regional training…

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New York State Veterans in Agriculture Network Listserve

By Ryan Clover / July 15, 2019

Also, please consider joining the New York State Veterans in Agriculture Network Listserve: What is this Listserve? Through a grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program the Cornell Small Farms Program initiated a statewide service provider network for organizations to support agriculture training for veterans. In continuing this work, we plan to implement…

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Conference Spotlight: SFP Presenting in Early 2019

By Kelsie Raucher / December 3, 2018

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be attending several conferences in early 2019. From presentations of our research to special events, you can connect with the our team and fellow farmers at the conferences listed below. New York State Vegetable Growers Association  2019 Empire State Producer’s Expo Reduced Tillage Project: Ryan Maher, Brian Caldwell, &…

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In the News: Farm Ops Featured this Veteran’s Day

By Kelsie Raucher / November 16, 2018

The Farm Ops project of the Cornell Small Farms Program provides expertise and community for veterans interested in agriculture across New York State. Connecting veterans with the Armed to Farm conference is often a first step in providing agricultural training and farm tours. If veterans want to make the transition into farming, the Small Farms Program…

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Farm Tour Brings Veteran Families to Wind Swept Meadows

By Kacey Deamer / September 24, 2018

For veterans and military families interested in learning about a variety of farming techniques and farm business management, tours of working farms can offer important insight and inspiration. On September 19, 2018, a farm tour was held at Wind Swept Meadows Farm in Watertown, NY. The tour was hosted by the Small Farms Program (SFP)…

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Operation Mountain Grown: Veterans Growing Food, Jobs and Futures in Coal Country

By Suzanne Pender / July 2, 2018

For a remote, mountainous area in West Virginia, McDowell County has gotten a lot of attention lately. The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain filmed a segment of his television show there, and West Virginia native Elaine McMillion Sheldon, filmed her Peabody Award winning documentary “Hollow” there (her recent documentary short “Heroin(e),” also based in West…

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Veterans and Their Families

Veterans and Their Families Learn about Local Agriculture Straight from the Farmer’s Mouth

By Alyssa Couse / January 8, 2018

Attendees toured Cross Island Farms to gain inspiration from a diverse farm operation. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County recently hosted its second farm tour for veterans, active duty military and families.  The first tour was held back in May at Center Dale Farm, which is a veteran owned and run Angus beef farm.  This…

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2017 NY Veterans in Agriculture Conference

By Dean Koyanagi / October 6, 2017

The Cornell Small Farms Program and New York Farmer Veteran Coalition will be hosting a celebration of our state’s farmer veterans in Syracuse, NY on Nov 29th. The 2017 New York State Veterans in Agriculture Conference will take place from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Arts & Home Center at the New York State…

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Farm Ops Veterans are Armed to Farm

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

Veterans in New York participate in agricultural training opportunities across the state, growing skills and strengthening community connections. by Kat McCarthy Walking into classroom 167 at SUNY Adirondack on July 31, the average person wouldn’t know from a quick visual observation that there were two unifying features of the 2017 Armed to Farm cohort. Twenty-five…

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