Applications are being accepted now through Dec. 5 for the Battleground to Breaking Ground Entrepreneurial Training Project for military veterans and others wanting to be involved in an agricultural operation.
“This project is made possible thanks to a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture,” said Erin Kimbrough, AgriLife Extension family and community health program specialist, College Station. “It’s a three-phase program designed to increase the number of military veteran farmers and ranchers, as well as other beginning farmers and ranchers in Texas and throughout the nation.”
Kimbrough said successful applicants will need to attend the basic training portion of the project Jan. 18-20 at the Millican Reserve, 4401 High Prairie Road, College Station.
The cost is $125 for participants and $75 for spouses. It includes meals, activities, a farm tour and all workshop materials. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging.
Kimbrough said the entrepreneurial project is designed for active duty military and military veterans and their families, military spouses and beginning farmers and ranchers. It has three phases, which include face-to-face and online educational training in farm management and production; individualized educational planning to support diverse agriculture business interests; hands-on agriculture production learning; follow-up mentor support; and peer-to-peer learning using structured Community of Practice.
Kimbrough said participation in the entrepreneurial project will be useful in developing a business plan for operational management, gaining insights into funding opportunities, improving marketing and financial skills, and enhancing production skills.
Once participants have completed all of the requirements for the second and third phase, they will receive a certificate of completion highlighting skills acquired through the program.
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