Colleges Want to Train America's Heroes
Ag experts are in high demand.
According to a recent , there are thousands of jobs in agriculture and agribusiness that remain unfilled because there aren’t enough graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. Job opportunities in these areas are expected to grow. Veterans can fill this need by considering a bachelor’s degree or higher in one of the following areas:
- Plant Science
- Food Science
- Sustainable Biomaterials
- Water Resources Science and Engineering
- Precision Agriculture
- Veterinary Medicine
You can also consider getting a certificate or gain education through working on a student farm. Many U.S. institutions and organizations offer certificates in sustainable agriculture. These can be earned faster than a college degree and can provide you with the deeper understanding needed to go out and start or grow an operation.
Student farms are another way to receive hands-on training and learn a variety of agriculture practices first-hand. Through these opportunities you can learn a variety of farming techniques and learn from others in the business. USDA’s lists a variety of available college programs, certificate programs, and student farms.
In addition to , USDA also has a number of scholarship programs as well as programs with , , and .
Gain Education through Experience
USDA works with a number of interagency and nonprofit partners to bring education and training opportunities to veterans.
Farm training and apprenticeships equip veterans with the right tools and skills to gain experience and qualifications needed to participate in USDA programs.
- is one organization that provides sustainable farming internships and apprenticeships. Their Armed to Farm program is for military veterans and provides trainings from conference presentations to two-day workshops to week-long training events.
- is an organization that provides direct assistance to veterans in their beginning years of farming or ranching.
are where USDA works with universities to provide non-formal education and learning activities directly to ag producers, small business owners, consumers and families throughout the country.
More than provide a network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and local offices who can address your local priority needs, extend resources, and provide education of business operations and technologies.
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