The workshop, designed for active duty and veteran military with and without disabilities, will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. The workshop is also open to women interested in agribusiness, as well as beginning farmers and ranchers, coordinators said.
“From Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transformational Journey” gives military veterans interested in farming or ranching the opportunity to get information on aspects of starting, developing and funding an agriculture-based business, according to coordinators. It was developed with input from AgriLife Extension, AgrAbility, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Farmer Veteran Coalition, Farm Service Agency, Texas Department of Agriculture and others.
The program begins with registration and a continental breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m., followed by a short welcome. Presentations start at 9 a.m., and include a talk by a veteran currently involved in production agriculture. Other presentations will address resource networking, the Texas AgrAbility Program, agriculture business startup, resources available for funding an agricultural enterprise, business plan development, and possibilities for farming and ranching with a disability.
Attendees must RSVP at http://txagrability.tamu.edu or download the registration form from the website and send to: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Attn: Erin Pilosi or Dr. Cheryl Grenwelge, 2147 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2251.