Record number of veterans applying for farm grants


The Farmer Veteran Coalition has received a record number of grant applicants from veterans starting a farm business.

“We had the most number of applications since the program began in 2011.  We received over 300 applications.”

Rachel Petitt, manager of the coalition’s Fellowship Fund, tells Brownfield the coalition has awarded $300,000 in $1,000 to $5,000 grants to 125 winners this year.  “Our veterans are serving our country a second time by feeding it.  A rigorous schedule and hard work—they’re prepared to meet those challenges.”

She says Tractor Supply Company has become a new partner in 2018 and will donate $50,000 in $1,000 gift cards to veterans to use on Armed Forces Day on May 19.

AUDIO: Interview with Rachel Petitt

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