American veterans will soon gain access to paths in agriculture and agribusiness thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as Secretary Sonny Perdue recently revealed a new program for those interested in careers cultivating comestibles.
The USDA launched a new website as well as a department-wide “AgLearn” curriculum to introduce the concept to former military members. Highlighting what it dubs the “three Es” of employment, education and entrepreneurship, the agency culled initiatives from among its existing departments for veterans to build on.
“From the beginning of this administration, USDA has focused on how to best serve our veterans,” Perdue said. “These men and women of the United States military have kept America free and deserve the utmost respect. Across the country, these veterans are beginning to fill roles that preserve rural communities while providing for their livelihood.”
Veterans who are interested in learning more about opportunities through USDA can visit www.usda.gov/ veterans or visit their local USDA Service Center.
“Through these resources, USDA is committed to helping veterans in agricultural areas so we can strengthen the American economy and provide assistance for those who have served,” Perdue said. “Veterans and agriculture are just a great fit.”
The department wishes to grant returning military personnel access to resources for beginning agricultural careers via its website, which it hopes will serve as “a one-stop navigator” for veterans seeking more information.