The Government Resources Guide for Farmer Veterans is for veterans who are farmers/ranchers or who are interested in becoming farmers/ranchers. Military veterans know how to tackle a mission and deliver results, so it is no surprise that veterans approach farming with a fierce determination and can-do attitude. Still, farming is a risky business regardless of one’s passion and tenacity. Fortunately, there are resources available to help veterans mitigate risk and succeed on their farm or ranch.
The American people, through the actions of Congress, have provided support to small businesses in a multitude of ways. Many of these resources can be used to support farming enterprises. This guide is designed to help veterans understand how to leverage the resources offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
This guide describes programs that directly support farmers. The agencies discussed here often have programs that indirectly support farmers by providing funding to organizations that help farmers. Non-profits, such as Farmer Veteran Coalition, can apply for these funds to help farmer veterans. This guide does not describe those resources. Also, some veterans engage in agriculture for educational or therapeutic purposes. While this guide may be of some benefit to non-profit, therapeutic, or educational farming endeavors, the target is a veteran whose goal is to start or improve a commercial agricultural business.
While this guide was created for veterans, it is helpful for anyone who is interested in agriculture or starting their own farm.