Applications are open from now until Dec. 6 for the Spring 2020 Cohort 7 of the Battleground to Breaking Ground Program, coordinators said.
Battleground to Breaking Ground is part of the Texas AgrAbility program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. It is focused on veteran and active-duty military members interested in starting or expanding an agricultural business, but other beginner farmers and ranchers may participate.
An applicant webinar to outline the requirements and expectations of the Battleground to Breaking Ground program will be held from 11 a.m.-noon on Nov. 13. Participants must register to participate.
“This program is now available to attendees in two ways,” said Erin Kimbrough, AgriLife Extension program manager, College Station. “They can participate through the Farmer Education and Training, or FEAT, project or through the now fee-based Battleground to Breaking Ground program.”
Kimbrough said FEAT has partnered with the Battleground to Breaking Ground program to provide tuition for 15 active-duty and veteran military service members per training “cohort” through a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant.
She said FEAT participants must also have 64 hours of hands-on training in the third phase of the program. Hands-on training will be conducted at the Farmers Education and Training Center, located in Gatesville near Fort Hood, or at Mesquite Field Farm in Nixon.
Kimbrough said a primary goal of the Battleground to Breaking Ground program is to give veterans and other beginning farmers or ranchers better access to resources and opportunities in agriculture and agriculture-related careers.
Read more about how Battleground to Breaking Ground and other AgriLife Extension programs benefit veterans in this AgriLife Today article.
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