Veterans find healing, purpose in farming, with USDA aid

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Jesse Higgins

Veterans returning from overseas or disconnecting from the armed forces may spend a bit of time searching for there next career option as they transition into the civilian world. One option that is becoming more and more popular is farming - a profession that has given many veterans an avenue for healing and purpose finding. Learn more about how the USDA is encouraging veterans to enter the farming professions in this article from UPI.

As the number of working farms declines in the United States, government and industry leaders are turning to a new place to find new farmers -- the military.

In the last decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has poured millions of dollars into programs to help military veterans begin farming. From that funding has sprung hundreds of new organizations, grants and training programs across the country.

The primary motive is America needs farmers.

Today, there are just over 2 million farms in United States, less than a third of the number a century ago, according to the USDA. Much of that decline is due to technological advances that enabled farmers to do more work with less manpower. But in recent years a startling new trend has emerged: Farmers are getting older, and there are few young people standing by to take their place.

Read more here.