USDA Initiative to Help Military Veterans Become Farmers

Emily Cyr reported last week at Fox News Online that, “The U.S. government wants to help military veterans become farmers.         

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently launched a program to help America’s veterans transition from a military career to an agricultural one.

“Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue introduced The Vets in Agriculture Initiative to connect veterans across the country with jobs in the agriculture industry. Perdue, an Air Force veteran himself, recognized that the same strengths and skills used in national security operations could be translated to food security operations. He also said that hiring veterans in the USDA would enhance the agency’s mission to revitalize rural America.”

Last week’s update added that, “‘Secretary Perdue has been committed since he sworn in on April 25, 2017 to bringing prosperity to rural America’ USDA spokeswoman Diane Cullo told Fox News.

“The U.S. Census Bureau says roughly a quarter of veterans live in rural areas, making them prime candidates for the 2,100 county offices scattered throughout the country. The USDA strives to have a quarter of its workforce be veterans, and prioritizes hiring them, Cullo said.”

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