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 form of entrepreneurship. The Wisconsin Farm Center is able to assist by providing access to resources, giving guidance on developing a business plan to help kick-start a farm, and providing a special logo that can be used on agriculture products.
The Homegrown by Heroes Logo
DATCP's Something Special from Wisconsin (SSfW) program has teamed up with Homegrown by Heroes to make a logo available for veterans to place on their agricultural products. Usage of this logo is a joint effort between DATCP and the WI Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA).
To use the logo, you must be certified by the DVA and be active members of the SSfW program. The Homegrown Heroes/SSfW logo can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org after being certified by DVA and becoming a member of SSfW. To become certified by the DVA, complete this form: Certification. To become a member of SSfw, visit SSfW.
Veteran farmers who do not wish to join the SSfW program have the option of using the stand-alone Homegrown by Heroes logo.
Veteran Farmer Resources
Department of Veteran's Affairs Home Loan Benefit
May be used to purchase a farm on which there is a farm residence to be owned and occupied by a veteran as his or her primary residence.
Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund
Provides direct assistance in the form of micro-grants to veterans in their beginning years of farming or ranching. Applications are accepted annually and reviewed by advisors with long careers in the food and farming industry.
Job Center of Wisconsin website includes links to employers/resources for veterans seeking new career opportunities.
Farmer Veteran Coalition
Connects veterans to education, business planning, farming and financing 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 Veterans
Offers technical assistance, online tutorials and sponsorship/scholarship info to related events around the country.
Get certified as a Wisconsin veteran-owned business. Find tools and other resources to assist you as a veteran entrepreneur.
Assistance to Needy Veterans Grant
ANVG program provides limited financial assistance to those in need and who have exhausted all other sources of aid. Grants may be used for specified health care and subsistence needs up to maximum grant limits ($7,500 lifetime; $3,000 annually).
VA Regional Loan Centers
Assistance to those who are having trouble making mortgage payments. This counseling is designed to help avoid foreclosure. Call 1-877-827-3702 to reach a Loan Service Representative.
Military CDL Skills Test Waiver Program
WI DOT program allows individuals who have held almost any
type of military-issued CDL to obtain their Wisconsin CDL without taking the
skills tests, athough they must still pass the appropriate knowledge
Financial Counseling and Will Preparation
Service members interested in financial counseling may contact their Command Financial Specialists or Financial Readiness Counselor. Members may also visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call 800-342-9647 for additional information. Financial counseling and online will preparation services offered here are only for SGLI, VGLI, and FSGLI beneficiaries and service members who have received TSGLI benefits.
VA Center for Veterans Enterprise
Program helps veterans interested in forming or expanding small businesses by assisting them in finding information on how to access VA acquisition opportunities; and helps VA contracting offices identify veteran-owned small businesses.
Program for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Multiple services are available. For a complete listing and to access information, visit the program website.
DATCP Contact Information
For more information, contact:
Veteran Farmer Assistance and Outreach Program consultant
Tel: (608) 224-5138
Other farmer resources not specific to assisting
veterans can be found on the Wisconsin Farm Center’s general resource Homepage.