Workshop helps military veterans interested in the agriculture business

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By Rebecca Fiedler

Military veterans looking to get into farming and ranching were able to get more information on the ins and outs of agriculture, as well as receiving federal and state financial assistance at a workshop Saturday in College Station.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extention joined with the Farm Service Agency, Texas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the agricultural business workshop at the Millican Reserve, where 64 veterans and their families gathered.

“These workshops are geared to assist military veterans with and without disabilities,” said Cheryl Grenwelge, a Texas A&M associate professor working with AgriLife. “And what they need doesn’t have to be [involving] a startup company. We were able to help one gentleman recently by getting him a mechanical lift to help him onto his tractor since he was a double-amputee.”

The workshops, called “From Battleground to Breaking Ground,” usually attracts about 45 attendees, but College Station’s Saturday event saw a boost in numbers as more veterans have come to learn about the services available to them.

“It’s important for these veterans to develop relationships,” said program coordinator Erin Pilosi. “The agents who talk to them here are the agents the veterans would go to on a Monday to start their business.”

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