Kentucky Launches Veteran Farm Program

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Coomer recently announced a new state agriculture program designed to help employ veterans in the agricultural profession.

Veterans, particularly post-9/11 veterans, suffer from some of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Soldiers who joined after 9/11, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, currently face a 10 percent unemployment rate, more than 2 percent higher than the national unemployment rate.

Agriculture offers potential for many unemployed veterans, many of whom have learned the person discipline and work ethic vital to working in the farm industry. With the agriculture community facing a demographic crisis, an influx of unemployed veterans could help reduce the average age of American farmers.

Commissioner Comer is hoping to offer veterans a fresh start in the farm industry. “The Jobs for Vets Program matches farmers and agriculture businesses with veterans who need jobs,” said Kentucky Department of Agriculture spokesperson Holly VonLuehrte. “The Home Grown by Heroes Label, which is a new Kentucky brand initiative where if a consumer goes into a store you can look for the Home Grown by Heroes label and that will tell you that the product is made or grown by a veteran farmer. This tells you how you can support your veteran farmers out there in Kentucky.”

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer