News - Louisiana Land Bank Supports Local Farmer Veterans at Washington D.C. Event

Event on Capitol Hill Highlights the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s Homegrown By Heroes program and Raises Awareness of Farming Opportunities for Veterans

Louisiana Land Bank is a Farm Credit cooperative that supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services and actively supports local military veterans who are farming and ranching. From a Farm Credit sponsored event on Capitol Hill highlighting the contributions of farmer veterans, to partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s Homegrown By Heroes program, Louisiana Land Bank celebrates and recognizes opportunities for local veterans in rural America.

Louisiana Land Bank’s support of farmer veterans goes beyond providing financial assistance. We aim to give back to veterans and help them succeed by providing tools and resources, increasing community awareness, investing in programs and promoting events.

Nationally, Farm Credit hosted an event on Capitol Hill on June 2, 2015 to showcase the contributions of farmer veterans and celebrate the success of the Homegrown By Heroes program. The event was presented by Farm Credit in collaboration with the House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R–TX–11) and Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson (D–MN–7).

The Farmer Veteran Coalition recognizes the commitment of rural Americans to military service with the goal of developing viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. Homegrown by Heroes is a product labeling program that identifies, promotes and supports agricultural products grown and raised by U.S. veterans and those still serving in any branch of the U.S. military. This program was launched nationally by the Farmer Veteran Coalition in 2014 with funding from Farm Credit. In the last year, the program has grown to include more than 165 farmers and ranchers across 43 states comprising $15 million in annual sales, with membership nearly doubling in the last three months.

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