New program gets veterans involved in agriculture

Published: Apr. 28, 2017 at 10:30 PM CDT
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Veterans and agriculture professionals came together Friday afternoon at Millican Reserve to kick off Agrilife Extension's Battleground to Breaking Ground Entrepreneurial Training Program.

The program is in coordination with the Texas AgrAbility Project, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Millican Reserve and others.

"It trains beginning farmers or ranchers especially veterans to get into agriculture and to be sustainable," said Erin Kimbrough, the program coordinator.

The hope is to increase the number of military farmers and ranchers through a three step program.

Veterans in attendance spoke to how farming became a healing process for them.

"One thing I found is really important for our veterans is to having something to wake up for. In the military they're given a schedule and they're told where they need to be and what they need to be doing in the civilian world it's not really that way, so knowing that they have something to tend to," said Kimbrough

Jason Morgan has been in the marine corps for seven years and owns and operates Sweet Genevieve Farm.

"We wanted to slow life down a bit and get away from the cooperate mindset, so this has helped us get away from the city and slow down."

More workshops will be held on the following dates:

May 20 – Fort Hood

June 3 – San Antonio

June 24- Dallas

September 16 – Liberty County