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Illinois Ag Department relaunches Homegrown by Heroes on Veterans Day

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is celebrating Veterans Day by relaunching the Homegrown by Heroes program.

The program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fisherman and producers who have served or are serving in the US military to use a special logo on ag products they sell to the public.

As a veteran himself, IDOA Director Jerry Costello says he understands how difficult it can be to return to civilian life and the program helps give service men and women the boost they need to grow their ag career.

In partnership with other organizations including Illinois Farm Bureau, the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Illinois and the Illinois National Guard the initiative also includes training and education components to create mentorship between experienced farmers and veterans, locate market opportunities, assist in making value added products ad more.

Those interested in signing up or learning more can visit: www.agr.state.il.us/hbh

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