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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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Project Resources

By Tara Hammonds / May 8, 2017

Farmer Veteran Tour Videos Farmer Veteran Coalition – NY Farmer Veteran Series Additional Resources New York State Veterans in Agriculture Project Rack Card: Summary of our project, resources, and offerings. Printable for your purposes access here: Veteran Rack Card. Agricultural Opportunities for Veterans in New York, Presentation to AgrAbility NTW 2015: In April 2015 the…

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On the Job Training

By Dean Koyanagi / May 8, 2017

NYS’s first on-the-job training program for military veterans to become farmers. Since October 2016 the New York Division of Veteran’s Affairs has approved three farms to provide on-the-job training for military veterans. Veterans can use some of their GI Bill Benefits in the form of a housing allowance, while they earn a training wage from…

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Farm Ops

By Dean Koyanagi / May 8, 2017

Project Lead: Dean Koyanagi, Shaun Bluethenthal Welcome to the Farm Ops project page. You can learn about the program, scholarships, events, resources, and training here. To avoid missed opportunities, sign up for the E-Newsletter and check “Farm Ops”. Join the Newsletter Event Series Scholarships Project Resources On the Job Training Host a Veteran through On-the-Job…

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Veteran Trainings in Agroforestry in 2017

By Dean Koyanagi / January 11, 2017

Cornell Small Farms offer Statewide Agroforestry Trainings for Veterans in 2017 The Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from New York State and the USDA, announces three trainings in agroforestry this coming Winter and Spring to support Veterans looking to get into agricultural production. Agroforestry includes farming practices that combine trees and forests with crop…

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2015 BFLN Meeting – NYS Veterans in Agriculture Program

By Dean Koyanagi / September 8, 2015

October 26th, 2015 – The Century House, Latham, NY This meeting brought together over 50 agriculture and military service providers to network and learn from each other about how to best serve military veterans in New York State who are interested in careers in agriculture. The agenda included an overview of the pathways that people…

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2014 Veterans in Ag Summit

By Dean Koyanagi / November 15, 2014

Veterans in NY Agriculture Summit On November 6th, 2014, the Cornell Small Farms Program hosted the NY Veterans in Agriculture Summit at the NYS State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The Summit was attended by veterans in NY agriculture, or organizations interested in, or currently serving farmer veterans. About the Veterans in Ag Summit The Veterans Summit  offered attendees…

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