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What It Means to “Answer the Call”

Six years ago, I was finishing my freshman year of college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I was studying political science, specifically international relations, and was doing well in school, but I found myself yearning for something more.

I came home that May after finals and told my parents I needed to join the Air Force. I felt a calling to serve my country. I knew this was something I had to do.

A call to farms: help for military veterans

Military veterans in Nebraska who are new to farming, or just interested in finding out about it, have an opportunity this week to see how others have turned their military skills into a career in agriculture. 

The Answering the Call conference on Thursday in Seward offers an opportunity for veterans to get an up-close look at how other veterans are building farming operations. 

Jordan Rasmussen, a policy program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, explains farming is a challenge, but many veterans have what it takes. 

Program aids beginning and retired farmers

A federal program created by the 2008 Farm Bill is a win-win for retired and retiring landowners, and beginning, socially-disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers.

Center for Rural Affairs staff members recently conducted a report on the implementation of Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP) in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This program is available nationwide, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Answering the Call: A conference for veteran farmers

Have you seen the news? The Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a conference for veteran farmers.

“Answering the Call: Veteran Farmer Conference” is on Thursday, June 22, at the Seward Civic Center in Seward, Nebraska, starting at 8 a.m. This free conference is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs and Legal Aid of Nebraska.

Why a veteran farmer conference?

We want to help veterans run successful farming operations, whether they’re just starting out or have been doing this for decades.

Boosting "Pathways to Land Access" in Iowa

Accessing land is one of the greatest obstacles many prospective farmers and ranchers in Iowa face, and new research suggests some are missing out on a program that could help. 

The Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP) allows two years of extra payments for landowners enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program if they rent land to a farmer who is just beginning, socially disadvantaged or a veteran. 

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