Veteran Farmer Assistance and Outreach Program
Are you a military veteran interested in learning more about farming and getting involved in agriculture? Taking the first steps to becoming involved in any agriculture enterprise, including farm ownership, should be examined and planned with the same care as any other entrepreneurship. The Wisconsin Farm Center is able to assist by providing access to resources, offering guidance on developing a business plan to help kick-start a farm, and offering a differentiated veteran farmer logo that can be used on agriculture products.
Veteran Farmer Resources
USDA Veterans in Agriculture
Connects veterans to training opportunities, programs and career resources. There are USDA Service Centers available across the country to connect veterans with USDA programs.
Armed to Farm: Sustainable Agriculture Training for Military VeteransLicense Fee Waiver for Multiple State Agencies
Offers technical assistance, online tutorials and sponsorship/scholarship info for Armed to Farm events around the country.
Qualified veterans can apply for a one-time waiver on fees charged towards a multitude of licenses from 13 state agencies. The DATCP Veteran License Fee Waiver list can be found here.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation program allows individuals who have held almost any type of military-issued CDL to obtain their Wisconsin CDL without taking skills tests (must still pass the appropriate knowledge tests).
Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) program designed to connect veterans to community services and provide case management and support with a special focus on treatment and recovery. Includes regional program contacts.
Avenue to identify local veteran benefit experts which can assist with federal and state benefits, as well as county financial assistance.
Job Center of Wisconsin website includes links to employers/resources for veterans seeking career opportunities.
Get certified as a Wisconsin veteran-owned business. Find tools and other resources to assist you as a veteran entrepreneur.
VA Center for Veterans Enterprise
Helps veterans interested in forming or expanding small businesses by assisting them find information on how to access VA acquisition opportunities and helps VA contracting offices identify veteran-owned small businesses.
Other resources for farmers not specific to assisting veterans can be found on the "Additional Resources" area of the Wisconsin Farm Center Homepage.