“Battleground to Breaking Ground” farming program for veterans

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East Texas veterans interested in farming have a unique opportunity to get a hands-on lesson. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension office is hosting a free workshop designed to educate them about the agriculture business plan.

“Everybody has questions when they get into farming whether they want to do it in their own backyard or they want to do it on a bigger level,” Kimberly Benton, Cherokee County Extension agent, said.

Veterans interested in farming will have the chance to get their questions answered at the upcoming program ‘Battleground to Breaking Ground.’

It will provide education on business planning, risk management and rural business ideas.

“Getting outside and being able to produce things that are healthy for your family, maybe even to produce them to earn an income,” Julianne Sanford, Lone Star Military Resource Center coordinator said. “It just offers a lot of opportunities therapeutically, health-wise and financially.”

“I’m looking forward to it for a business start-up,” Marine Corps veteran JP Jones said. “I’m wanting to become a farmer and it’s gonna give us the idea of what we need to start up the business, develop a business plan.”

He said it’s the perfect way for veterans to clear their minds, especially men and women struggling with PTSD.

“A lot of veterans after they leave the service are somewhat if you would at wit’s end, what now?” Jones said. “What do i do now?”

Participants will hear from speakers and get a farm tour on aquaponics.

“We’re really excited to be able to see some maybe innovative, cutting edge things in farming,” Sanford said.

The workshop is January 21st 8am to 5pm at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Center in Overton. For registration information, click here.

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